About 10 cars were vandalised by suspected cultists on Tuesday night on Olafimihan, Moriamo Ajoke and Okunade Streets in Ilasamaja, Mushin, Lagos. It was learnt that a girl’s refusal of the love overture of a suspected cultist sparked the crisis around 10.25pm. A resident, who declined to give her name, said: “We were all outside taking fresh air when some boys stopped a young girl and started ‘toasting’ her and the girl snubbed them. One of the boys then came from behind and slapped the girl.”
The girl’s mother, who was watching the scene, rushed out to grab the boys and the suspected cultist hit her on the face. A trader simply called Dino, who walked up to them to make peace was reportedly stabbed on the head. “I didn’t have any intention to fight the boys, I was born and raised here. All I wanted to do is to make peace. I didn’t know they were with bottle; they smashed it on my head and ran away,” Dino said.
The Nation gathered the suspected cultists returned around midnight, throwing bottles at houses and damaging the windscreens of vehicles parked on the streets.
Broken bottles and burnt tyres littered the streets when The Nation visited yesterday.
A guard said: “It was a sleepless night for me and my colleagues, some cultists, numbering about 14, armed with cutlasses and bottles invaded the street, throwing bottles at houses and smashing the windscreens of cars parked.”
He said the gang left when he mobilised some of his colleagues.
“Parading the streets to check the damage done, I noticed that they went to jump fence from Alfa Nda Street to Olafimihan with the aim to attack people”, he added.
The guard said the guys took to their heels when police came and shot into the air.
A resident, whose car was vandalised, said she did not know her car was wrecked until a neighbour alerted her. “Mama Kayode came to wake me up this (Wednesday) morning that my vehicle had been vandalised. I was thinking maybe a car bashed my vehicle, until they told me it was some cult guys.”
Another resident, who also had his car’s windscreens smashed, said while he was parking on Tuesday night, he noticed a “noisy argument”.
“I got home late on Tuesday due to terrible traffic; as I was parking my vehicle, I heard a gunshot and noise. I thought it’s just a play, I woke up this morning and my car was terribly damaged.”
A woman, simply identified as Mama Shotayo whose three children were arrested, appealed to the police to release them.
“Please, tell police to leave my three children; they were not involved in the fight. They went to settle the fight,” she said.
Residents called on the police to secure the area. The case has been reported at Olosan Police Station in Mushin.