The Lagos State Police Command has disclosed that a minimum of 17 police stations have been burnt down by hooligans who exploited the peaceful ENDSARS protests.
The Lagos State police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi , said the unfortunate incidents affect the performance of the enforcement agency onwards and have obvious financial impacts in the state .
“The implication of this is that money that has been set aside to do other projects and develop certain areas will have to be channeled into repairing these damaged stations.”
“Also, it will make our work harder now because we will have to enhance our patrols in order to cover more grassroots areas that are normally covered by the burnt stations before.
“I doubt if some of the grassroots stations will ever function at full capacity again, taking into consideration the damaged vehicles and computer equipment that have been lost,” the officer said.
Mr Adejobi noted that numerous cases have been reported , alleging that hoodlums are attacking various neighbourhood without hindrance as a result of the breakdown of law and order.
“However, the police have suffered a lot of damage, therefore, cannot quickly re-enforce officers to such areas of unrest because our vehicles and tools of operations have been destroyed,” he said.
“Every aspect of the economy has been put on hold, and a lot of repairs and catching up will have to be done once normalcy is restored,” he said.
The blazed police stations include Idimu, Igando, Layeni, Denton, Ilenbe Hausa, Ajah, Amukoko, Ilasa, Cele Outpost under Ijesha, disbanded SARS office under Ajegunle, Ebute-Ero, Mushin (Olosan), Ojo, Ajegunle where two patrol vans were set ablaze, Ikotun and Ojodu.