#EndSARS protesters in Lekki, Lagos State, arrested a co-protester, Yusuf Lawal, for stealing a phone belonging to another protester on Saturday, October 17. The protesters then handed him over to the police for further investigation.
It was gathered that Lawal stole the phone and handed it over to an accomplice who escaped with it before he could be apprehended. However, the protesters apprehended Lawal before he could abscond.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident in a statement said efforts were on to arrest the fleeing member.
He said, “The #EndSARS protesters at Lekki, arrested and handed over a co-protester, Yusuf Lawal, 25, from Ojuelegba area of Lagos, for stealing a phone, on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The protesters who were angry about the incident descended on him and gave him a beating before they agreed to hand him over to the police at the Maroko Police Station. Though the stolen phone has not been recovered as the suspect passed on the phone to his fleeing gang members. The Police are working on the useful information gathered from him to track down his gang members who are at large.”
The spokesman added, “The State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has reiterated that this incident is a clear indication that the protests, across the state, have been hijacked by some hoodlums who hide under the #EndSARS protests to steal, loot and cause damage to people’s property. He, therefore, advised protesters to be watchful of those who have infiltrated their gatherings to cause pains to innocent Lagosians.”