A serious melee has broken out among two warring gangs from the Osmask Hotel on Abiodun Street and escalated to other streets in the Mushin area of Lagos State.
No fewer than five persons sustained varying degrees of injuries and about 25 vehicles vandalised while some shops were looted during the scuffle on Monday, March 9, 2015.
According to New Telegraph, the violent clash started around 11:30pm on Monday night when some thugs from Johnson Street allegedly attacked members of a rival group from Coker Street, while they were relaxing at Osmask Hotel.
One of the persons residing in the area who preferred anonymity said, “What I heard was that some hoodlums from Johnson Street, with the support of Fadeyi boys, attacked those from Coker who were enjoying themselves at a hotel in the neighbourhood.
“Some people, who were still outside when the incident started, were robbed of their belongings. Now we cannot trade. We are afraid of reprisal attacks. We learnt that they said they are coming back to kill some of the boys on Coker Street.”
Lamenting the insecurity and crisis in the area, a resident identified as Alhaji Luqman Ajani,said, “We are tired of crisis in Mushin. We want a lasting solution to the fracas. We are not safe in Mushin. Look at the level of damage done to the vehicles parked on the streets.
“Where do they expect those whose vehicles were damaged to get money to buy new windscreens?”
Recounting his losses, a motor mechanic, Mr Saheed Bello, whose workshop was attacked during the crisis said, “Three of my customers’ vehicles parked in my workshop were damaged. “I was at home when I received a call that the hoodlums had gone on the rampage.
“When I got to my workshop, I discovered that cars I was working on no longer had windscreens. My colleagues and I had reported the matter at Alakara Police Station and Olosan Police Station.”
The state police spokesperson DSP Kenneth Nwosu, was unavailable for comments as at the time the report was made.