38 cops injured, 29 formations razed, vandalised
520 suspects in Police custody, looted items recovered
BY CHINYERE OBIORA, LAGOS – The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday disclosed that 10 persons, consisting six policemen and four civilians lost their lives in the #EndSARS Protests that turned violent in the State.
Also, the Command said that 38 police personnel got injured while 29 formations were either razed or vandalised during the violence that erupted in Lagos last week.
The breakdown of casualties listed by the Command are 16 police stations that were burnt and 13 vandalised by hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful #ENDSARS protests across the state.
The State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, who made public the casualty list on Tuesday, named the six policemen killed as: ASP Yard Edward, attached to Denton Police Station; Inspector Olayinka Erinfolami of defunct Anti Kidnapping Unit (AKU); and Inspector Adegbenro Aderibigbe attached to Meiran Division.
Others are: Sergeant Abejide Abiodun of Department of Operations (DOPs), State Headquarters and two other personnel attached to Orile Police Division.
According to Odumosu, in the fracas, the hoodlums burnt 58 police vehicles and vandalised 13; 62 vehicles belonging to individuals and those connected with some pending cases (exhibits) were torched; while nine other vehicles vandalised.
Odumosu, who paraded 520 suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the looting and wanton destruction of both private and public properties in the state, also disclosed that 15 motorcycles and tricycles were torched with 65 others vandalised across various locations within the state.
On the public assets destroyed in the crisis, Odumosu listed High Court Complex Igbosere; Ejigbo LCDA Secretariat; BRT Terminal Iddo (with 67 buses burnt); City Hall, Lagos Island; BRT Terminals at Ojodu; Ikotun and Ajeromi Ifelodun LG Secretariats.
Others include: NPA Head Office, Marina; Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, Broad Street; FRSC/VIO Office at Ojodu that only vehicles parked outside the main buildings in their compounds were torched; and COVID-19 Warehouse at Monkey Village.
CP Odumosu stated that among the 16 Police Stations set ablaze during the unrest are Orile, Amukoko, Layeni, Old Area J Command Ajah, Elemoro, New Area J Command Elemoro, and Igando.
Others were Makinde and its barracks; Ikotun, Isokoko, Pen-Cinema, Onipanu, Alade Police Stations, Ebute-Ero, and its barracks and Ilasamaja Police Stations.
Among the 13 Police formations vandalised are Ojo and Ojodu Stations. Police posts burnt included Cele, llogbo-Elerin, Shibiri, Defunct Anti-Cultism office, Gbagada, and Defunct SARS Office Onilekere.
Similarly affected by the hoodlums’ actions are: Makoko, Daleko, Ashamu, Makinyo, Amuwo-Odofin, 0ld SARS Office in Ajegunle and defunct Anti-Kidnapping Office in Surulere, as well as the PPL, Mowo, Morogbo, Ikota and Mawa police posts.
For the private facilities and investments that were either torched, vandalised or looted, the Police Commissioner listed the Oba of Lagos’ Palace; Access Bank, GTBank; and Ebeano Supermarket at Victoria Island; Television Continental Station (TVC) at Ikosi-Ketu; and Samsung Outlet at Apple Roundabout, Festac,
Affected also are: Shoprite at Festac; Samsung Office Oyingbo; and The Nation Newspaper office at Fatai Atere Street, Mushin; Shoprite Malls at Ajah, Ikeja and Surulere; and LTV 8, Alausa
The Police boss, who gave the good news that some looted items from the affected outlets and offices have been recovered, also said the Command has apprehended a total of 520 suspects for various offences ranging from arson, rioting robbery to murder.
Others are malicious damage, looting of public property and unlawful possession of firearms.