THE agitation against police brutality by the youth, code-named #EndSARS, got worse on Monday, as hoodlums attacked 97 police officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) at the Adekunle area of Yaba, Lagos State, around 10.00 a.m., leaving 19 of the officers hospitalised as a result of injuries they sustained.
Four vehicles belonging to the police were also vandalised by the hoodlums.
The policemen, who were in a convoy on their way to Victoria Island, to relieve their colleagues who had worked overnight, were reportedly attacked by the hoodlums said to armed with cutlasses, broken bottles, iron rods, planks and other dangerous weapons.
Some of the injured policemen escaped to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti, where they were admitted for treatment.
Confirming the incident, the image-maker of the state police command, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, described the protest as “gradually becoming violent.”
Condemning the attack, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, urged officers and men of the command to remain calm.
In Lagos, men of the Nigerian Police and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) were conspicuously absent on the roads.