Viral video: Angry youths attack Lagos policemen, calls them thieves

Two mobile policemen were attacked and called thieves by angry youths suspected to be traders at the Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos State.

In a viral video online, the angry youths were seen assaulting the policemen and shouting ‘Ole! Ole!’ – thieves – on them.  One of the youths was seen attempting to hit a plank on the head of one of the police officers.

It was gathered that the incident happened on Friday morning when the Lagos task force raided the market for piracy and substandard goods in the market.   One of the youths was heard complaining about frequent raids by the task force, alleging that the policemen seized traders’ wares, including phones and other accessories.

However, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, had instituted an investigation into the violent attacks and theft allegation against the policemen captured in the viral video.

The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement read, “The Command wishes to state categorically that the authors of the referred viral video painted the incident mischievously in a bad light with an attempt to ridicule the entire Nigeria Police Force as the policemen never went to buy phones, neither were they caught in any act of theft in the computer village.

“The HP Electronics Company’s Taskforce on piracy, in company of some police operatives, were at the shop located at No 30, Awolowo Road, Opposite Glass House, Ikeja, Lagos, on a routine operation against piracy and sub-standard products in the market when some hoodlums suddenly became violent and attacked the team.

“They went ahead by creating a scene, calling them thieves and passing uncomplimentary comments on the policemen in order to distract and halt the anti-piracy operation. Punch