No fewer than 15 vehicles were vandalized during a clash between two rival groups on St. Francis, Ilaje and Owode streets in the Iwaya, Yaba area of Lagos State.
The clash which started around 10pm on Friday, July 24, 2015 and rolled over to Saturday, July 25, 2015 was reportedly fueled by a fight over a woman in the area who was dating two different men from the warring factions.
Disturbed residents and shop owners called the attention of the police officials from the Sabo division but the hoodlums already fled the scene before they arrived.
According to Punch, damaged vehicles and the splinters of glasses were still on the streets as at Monday, July 27, 2015.
Speaking anonymously, a landlord, whose vehicle was damaged, said, “On Friday, around 10pm, they started running after one another with weapons. Soon, they started damaging vehicles. They broke the windscreens of my vehicle, and I dared not confront them. One of the hoodlums was dating a girlfriend of a member of rival group and it caused the clash. But how does that concern my vehicle?
“This area is vulnerable because there are many hideouts for these hoodlums. Last year, they went to the Iwaya Police Post, and ransacked the place. The only way they express grievances is to destroy people’s cars.”
Corroborating the narrative, a motor mechanic in the area, Abiola Kamoru, said hoodlums from Owode clashed with those from Ilaje Street.
He said, “The boys fought over a girlfriend. They are not cultists. They are just street thugs. It is Owode Street versus Ilaje Street. They entered each other’s area and vandalised the vehicles. They invaded the area on Friday and Saturday.
“The policemen from Sabo, led by the Divisional Police Officer, came to the area on Friday to confront the thugs, but they all ran away. However, the area appears to be getting calm now.”
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Patricia Amadin, said what happened was a family dispute in the area, and not a street fight.
She said, “Two families in the area had a dispute, which was reported to the police. There was no street violence. The area is calm now.”