Five Arrested During Clash Between Scavengers And Area Boys In Lagos

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Hyacinth Chinweuba

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested five suspects following a clash between scavengers and area boys at Oke Odo. 

The spokesperson of the command DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement said, “One Alhaji Adekunle Habib ‘male’ of Ilepo market reported at Oke Ode Police Station that there was a misunderstanding between one Hausa scavenger and an Area Boy from yoruba ethnic group”

“The area boy was carrying some goods on his head and was pushed by the Hausa boy in error and the goods fell down. Arguments ensued between the two parties which led to exchange of blows. Friends of the two parties joined in solidarity fight and other miscreants took advantage of the moment to steal and loot. They blocked Lagos/Abeokuta express way”

“What started as a fight between two miscreants almost snowballed into ethnic crises, if not for the timely intervention of the Police. Police teams from Oke Odo Division were the initial responders” he explained.

The Command in response sent reinforcements from the Operations Department, Rapid Response Squads, Taskforce, Tactical Units and Police Mobile Force.  Divisions within the Area Command equally sent reinforcements, the Police said.

Elkana stated that the situation was brought under control and traffic cleared, while no death was recorded but four persons sustained various degrees of injuries and are receiving medical attention and five suspects namely, Kabiru Mohammed  ‘male’, Kabiru Adamu ‘male’, Bashiru Mohammed ‘male’, Saliu Madu ‘male’ and Yusuf Amuda ‘male’ were arrested in connection with the breach of peace.

Elkana further stated that the suspects would be charged to Court. 

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