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How Hoodlums set The Nation, Senator Solomon Hall, Makinde Police Station Ablaze

By Amidu Arije

The ranging hoodlums continued their vandalism and destruction of properties yesterday as they went berserk at the Makinde Police station set the station ablaze after carting away seized vehicles, motorcycles and other property belonging to the station.

According to eyewitnesses, the hoodlums stormed the police station with matches and petrol to set it ablaze, the police officer was said to have resisted them but were overpowered later and had access to the station the set it ablaze.

It was also said officers of the station were evacuated by the soldiers who later came to their rescue but the wanton destruction has been done.

Also at headquarters of Vintage Press Limited, publishers of The Nation, the hoodlums perpetrated their dastardly act by setting the office ablaze.

In a statement by the company management signed by the Editor, Mr Adeniyi Adesina, said the invaders “kicked their way into the premises after scaring away security men on duty, brandishing their sophisticated guns.

“They poured petrol on the frontage of the building and set fire to it.

“Some of the vehicles parked within the premises were set ablaze, others vandalised.”

It added: “Many boys came thereafter and swooped on the office, looting everything they could lay their hands on.

“These include desktop computers, laptops, air conditioners and other office equipment.

“At the time of the attack, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief Mr. Victor Ifijeh, was among those trapped within the office while the fire raged on.

“They were evacuated when men of Operation Mesa security outfit arrived.

“Their arrival ended the free rein of the invaders.

“It was obviously a targeted attack on the free press.

“The Nation had been listed on Twitter and other social media platforms by sympathisers of the ongoing destructive activities, as a target of attack.

“The Nation has robustly reported the protests fairly, giving voice to the agitation of youths for a better Nigeria.

“The Management is at a loss as to why the company should be a target of such an unwarranted attack.”

As part of places destroyed by these gangs is the Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon (GOS) Hall on Olateju Street Mushin Lagos.

It was reported that the hoodlums who stormed the hall were masked and set the hall ablaze overnight.

Security guards were said to have been overpowered by the hoodlums as they found their way inside and set it ablaze.

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