A stray bullet has allegedly killed a boy in Apapa as truck drivers and officials of the Lagos State Task Force clash.
On Thursday, October 24th Police claim that a boy was killed by hoodlums and an officer of the Task Force was also allegedly shot too.
The hoodlums went on rampage when they sighted state taskforce team and destroyed several properties worth millions of naira.
According to the Task Force, its officer shot has been identified as Sergeant Owoeye Olumide. He was said to have been hit by a stray bullet from the suspects around ‘Lily Pond Transit Truck Park’ in Apapa.
A statement from the Task Force said operatives of the Agency was seriously attacked by miscreants with cutlasses, charms, broken bottles and guns while clearing criminal hideouts around Apapa.
CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, chairman of the Agency who confirmed the incident disclosed that the attacked was as a result of the demolition of illegal structures and shanties which serves as abode to these miscreants around the area.
“They hide inside these illegal structures and shanties to carry out their nefarious criminal activities on innocent members of the public. One of my police officer, Sergeant Owoeye Olumide was hit by a bullet on his left thigh from these miscreants who protested against the demolition of these illegal structures around Lilly Pond Road, Apapa.”
The demolition exercise became imperative following complaints of criminal attack by residents and traders around the area. The entire Lily Pond area of Apapa has now become an abode for criminal elements who rob unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables such as wallets, jewelleries including phones,” he said.
Punch reported that some eyewitnesses claim trouble started on Tuesday when the Lagos Task Force on Environmental Sanitation went under the Lilypond/Ijora under bridge to clear shanties and drive away street traders from the area. A move which angered the hoodlums who started pelting members of the task force with water sachets and stones.
Policemen attached to the Task Force were said to have responded by shooting tear gas at the hoodlums.
The same Task Force members repeated the visit on Thursday with reinforcement, when the hoodlums launched mayhem on them attacking properties and injuring innocent citizens.