CHAOS In Osogbo, As Policemen Clash With Hoodlums

The Old Garage Area of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, was on Wednesday thrown into chaos as some armed policemen clashed with suspected hoodlums.
The Divisional Crime Officer of the Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo, and a suspected hoodlum, were injured in the fracas.
The motor park, from where the clash started, is being operated by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
The fracas began around 9:30am, when business activities were just picking up in the area, lasted about 30 minutes and subsequently paralysed activities in the area for the rest of the day.
Many commuters, who had already boarded vehicles going to Abeokuta, Lagos and other cities and towns, disembarked and fled, while drivers and other workers in the park also ran in different directions.
When our correspondent visited the area around 3pm, a police Armoured Personnel Carrier and some armed policemen were seen.
Many roadside kiosks near the Lagos Garage and Old Garage roundabout were also shut.
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that some policemen from the Dugbe Divisional Police Station had earlier in the day raided a spot near the motor park, where hemp smokers usually hide, and made some arrests.
A shop owner near the scene of the incident, who pleaded for anonymity, told our correspondent, “Some policemen, after arresting some suspected hemp smokers early in the morning near the park, returned to the area few minutes after 9am to obviously make more arrests.
“But those boys that used to hide there to smoke, upon sighting the policemen, started throwing stones in their direction. That was what led to the clash.
“Though we all ran away from the park, but from the filling station at the centre of the Old Garage where I stood, I saw a man lying down. But he didn’t die.”
A reliable security source confirmed the accounts of the shop owner, adding that the suspected hoodlum, who was injured, was taken to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, for treatment.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, promised to ensure proper investigation of the clash.