The Lagos Police Command has intercepted and foiled moves by unknown mob to burn a police station in Ile-Epo near Iyana Ipaja, Lagos State.
The police station situated inside a market became a target for the rampaging crowd after a yet-to-be-identified police officer allegedly shot a motorcyclist.
It was gathered that the policeman arrested the motorcyclist for allegedly flouting the state’s traffic law but the said police officer demanded a bribe of #30,000 in order to release the defaulter.
The motorcyclist couldn’t afford the requested money for his release, which resulted in an argument, although it was not clear if the shooting was an accidental discharge or the officer deliberately opened fire.
As soon as the gunshot was heard, people were said to have scampered for safety while the shot motorcyclist’s colleagues soon gathered to avenge him, while the police officer took to his heels.
Other motorcyclists mobilized and head to the police station, but they were barricaded by men of the security deployed for reinforcement, enraged mob proceeded to set fire at a dump site nearby, causing thick billowing smoke as it was speculated that the police station had been torched.
A spokesman for the command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who issued the statement debunked reports that the police station was set ablaze. He said, “Normalcy has been restored to Ile-Epo area of the state”.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident and stories of the Ile Epo Police Station been set ablaze by hoodlums is said to the false and misleading.
Hoodlums also attempted to burn Elemoro Police Division in Ajah following a fatal accident but were prevented. According to Adejobi, they succeeded in torching three exhibit vehicles and vandalized two patrol vans.