Thousands of protesters who defied the Wednesday downpour to join the nationwide #EndDARS Protests in Alausa, Ikeja area of Lagos were taken aback as some hoodlums hijacked the protests to attack the protesters and road users.
The protests against the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and reform of the Nigerian Police which began on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, has entered Day 8.
The incident occurred at about 4 pm as the protesters marched in-between Alausa and Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
The Wednesday protests were carried out amidst downpour across the state.
However, they were able to mobilise, countered the hoodlums and apprehended four of them.
One of the protesters, Seun Abioye said the attack caught them unawares as the hoodlums numbering 15 came from nowhere to disrupt the protests.
It was gathered that before the protesters could regain consciousness, the hoodlums have succeeded in snatching cash, smartphones and other personal effects as the protesters ran helter-skelter before some of them regained boldness to counter the protesters who took to their heels on noticing that they were being overwhelmed.
While some of the hoodlums were able to escape unhindered, four were not so lucky as they were apprehended and handed over to the Police.
Another protester, Abdulahi Kazeem said the attack came at a time they least expected it. He said, “we have all relaxed since the Police were monitoring the protests, alas! The Policemen stood aloof and watched the scene. If we had not launched a counter-attack, many of us would have landed in the hospital,” he said.
According to him, the hoodlums came with matchets, cutlasses and broken bottles to attack the protesters thereby disrupting the peaceful protests.
The protests which was more of a carnival of a sort which kicked off at about 10am with chanting of National Anthem by all protesters at Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja.
The protesters were entertained with musicals by some Disck Jokeys (DJs).
While the protests were ongoing, some spirited Nigerians reached out to the protesters in cash and kind.