Two paramilitary officials attached to the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Taskforce) are now in critical condition at General Hospital, Ikeja, after an acid attack by hoodlums.
One of the victims, Akude Silas, was said to be on an enforcement operation at Oshodi-Oke, where he was ensuring free flow of traffic and prevention of street trading when he was attacked by hoodlums.
Silas, who was immediately rushed to Lagos State Emergency Centre, Toll-Gate, sustained serious injuries and had to be transferred to the General Hospital, where he is still receiving treatment.
Taskforce chairman, Olubukola Abe, a superintendent of police, who was at the emergency ward of the General Hospital yesterday, said the law will not look kindly on anyone who attacks his officers; even as he confirmed that within 48 hours, two of his men had been attacked by hoodlums.
The other victim, Police Sergeant Robert Ajayi, it was gathered, was seriously battered by hoodlums at Ojo area of Lagos.
The sergeant was among the security team that supported a government ministry during the removal of shanties constructed on an open field at both Ojo Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, Ojo, Lagos.
But hoodlums in the area ambushed the taskforce men and subjected them to serious beatings, believing erroneously that the officers were on Okada (commercial motorcyclist) raid as they moved around with van.
The taskforce chairman appealed to members of the public to always cooperate with security agents, even as he said his men were battle ready to enforce the state’s environmental laws.
Should anyone be in an emergency situation, SP Abe urges that they reach the state’s security agents by dialling the toll-free emergency lines (112 or 767).
Meanwhile, more than 64 miscreants were arrested by Taskforce enforcement operation yesterday morning at Oko Mala in Oshodi area of Lagos.
The axis is notorious for miscreant activities like pick-pocketing and cultism.
Source: National Mirror Nigeria