Two unnamed persons died in Ilorin, Kwara State, on
Saturday as hoodlums went on rampage destroying
houses and cars.
The thugs also reportedly attacked the residence of
the Kwara State Commandant of the National Drug
Law Enforcement Agency, Mr. Reuben Appiah.
Eight of the hoodlums armed with dangerous objects
were said to have also disrupted a court session at
Oja-Oba area of the state.
Some of the protesting youths were said to be
protesting against the closure of roads during the
monthly sanitation exercise.
They razed shops, houses and property worth millions
of naira. Two accounts were given for the cause of the
The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr.
Ajayi Okesanmi, said trouble started when some
youths at Ojo-Oba saw an official of the NDLEA who
was among the team that arrested some miscreants
suspected to be involved in illicit drug.
He stated that the miscreants attacked the unnamed
NDLEA official who later escaped and ran to a nearby
police station for safety.
Okesanmi said, “The mayhem was as a result of a
problem between the NDLEA and some suspected
drug users in that area. That was what caused the
crisis but the police came and rescued the NDLEA
officer and we tried to control the miscreants there.
“Some houses have been attacked. We have arrested
some people. I can confirm that two people died. They
attacked anything in sight. They did not identify any
special place to attack. They were just attacking. The
crisis was caused by the claim that officials of the
NDLEA arrested one of them in the past.
“The hoodlums on Saturday sighted one of the NDLEA
officers that was involved in the arrest in that area. He
ran to police station and police tried to rescue him.
The hoodlums became annoyed and started attacking
houses and people.”
Another version of what cause the destruction had it
that some hoodlums protested the enforcement of the
restriction of movement by law enforcement agents
during the monthly environment sanitation.
Our correspondent gathered that the mobile courts’
presiding judges and sanitation officers fled when the
angry youths besieged the court.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity for fear of
attack said trouble started when a police man
allegedly arrested a commercial motorcycle rider at
Ojo-Oba for flouting the movement restriction order.
The source said the rider is a member of the gang led
by one Ariyo.
The eyewitness said the police officer refused to
accede to the pleadings of the motorcyclist to allow
him go even as he claimed that the motorcycle
belonged to Ariyo.
The hoodlums were said to have heard of the arrest of
the motorcyclist and mobilised themselves to destroy
property and attack people.
It was gathered that the miscreants included ladies
and they shot sporadically into the air to scare people
who scampered to safety.
They were said to have used clay pots to cover their
heads while they unleashed terror on passers-by.
SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that security operatives were
later drafted to restore normalcy while fire-fighters
from the state fire service battled to quench fire on the
property set ablaze.
Another source said the chaos was caused by the
alleged refusal of the task force official attached to
the mobile court in Ipata area to allow health workers
to immunise children in the area even after they
properly identified themselves.
The action of the enforcement officer was said to have
angered some youths who reportedly attacked the
officer and other mobile court and sanitation
Meanwhile, 36 people were said to have been arrested
and arraigned at different mobile courts in Ilorin for
committing various environmental offences.