Iyana-Ipaja gang war: Police arrest 20 hoodlums


One of the RRS officers attacked by hoodlums

One of the RRS officers attacked by hoodlums

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos Police Command and the Iyana Ipaja Area Command on Wednesday morning arrested 20 suspected hoodlums over gang war which erupted at Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Tuesday.

The hoodlums smashed the head of an RRS officer and the rear wind shield of his patrol car at Abule Oki, Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos.

The suspects were arrested around mid-night after almost two days of restiveness among rival gang over dominance in the area.

The hoodlums, numbering over 100 had at around 9:00 p.m on Tuesday set up bonfire on the expressway, halting vehicular traffic on the two sides of the ever busy Lagos Abeokuta Expressway.

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Police officers at the scene on Tuesday night

On ground quelling the violence was the Commander, Area M, ACP Austin Akika, who was later joined at the scene by the Commander, RRS, ACP Olatunji Disu.

The RRS was at the scene of the crisis at noon on Tuesday before the night incidence.

At around 9:00 p.m. the RRS team responding to distress call returned to Abule Oki to disperse the warring gang.

The officers were pushing back the youth into the inner streets of Abule Oki when hoodlums pelted the police with stones and broken bottles which smashed the head of an officer and the rear wind shield of one of its operational vehicle, a Toyota Corolla with the registration number RRS 041 LA,

While the RRS officer was taken to the hospital for treatment, the 20 arrested youth have been transferred to the Area Command.

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