Pandemonium broke out, yesterday, in Lagos motor park in Ijebu‑Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State when some people in military uniform unleashed terror on the people and also vandalised several vehicles.
According to an eye witness, the soldiers invaded the park using three Hilux vans and unleashed mayhem on everyone at sight. They reportedly beat, slapped and macheted people including passengers and transport officials at the park. The source further said that passers-by were not spared as some of them were given the beating of their lives. Vanguard gathered that some affected residents were going for their places of worship and had to scamper for safety as the soldiers reportedly shot sporadically into the air. One of the transport union officials at the park, Rotimi Okunowo, who witnessed the incident, said it was the refusal of a soldier to pay his transport fare that led to the fracas. According to Okunowo, a soldier who was in mufti was asked by the bus conductor, identified as Demola Dosunmu, to identity himself but he refused. This led to an altercation between the two who subsequently engaged each other in fisticuffs. The soldier was reported to have disembarked from the bus, took a stroll down to a corner, tore his clothes and made a telephone call to his colleagues, who later invaded the park in about three Hilux vans to unleash mayhem. At least 20 vehicles were vandalised while valuables like handsets, cash and others were reportedly snatched. Vanguard gathered that the soldiers were said to be the security team protecting pipelines in and around Ijebu‑Ode axis. He said: “What happened was that one of the soldiers, who was in a mufti, came to the park around 6.30 a.m. and when he got there, he claimed he was a ‘staff’ and would not pay. “When asked to identify himself, he engaged one of the boys in fracas and within a jiffy, he left the scene only to return with about 20 men with dangerous weapons like cutlasses, guns and broken bottles. “They beat the boy, Ademola Dosunmu, and took him away. As if that was not enough, they vandalised many vehicles in the park and pursued many people into adjourning streets. “The government should help us to caution these people. You need to see how they beat Ademola blue black and macheted him in many places. Contacted on the telephone, the Army Public Relations Officer, 35 Field Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Mr. Adamu Ngulde, said he could not comment on the matter because he was yet to be briefed by the army authorities in ijebu ode