Some angry youths have set over 20 motorcycles ablaze in the Isolo area of Lagos, following a fatal accident that claimed one life on Thursday.
The incident which happened around Jakande Estate, according to an eyewitness, occurred after a rider plying a one-way route reportedly knocked down a pedestrian who died immediately.
This prompted the youths in the area to hijack any motorcycle in sight and set them on fire.
While reacting to the incident, the Lagos State Police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin told Channels Television that the Divisional Police Officer in the area Folorunsho Gabriel responded to the emergency immediately, rescuing the suspect from the mob attack and evacuating the corpse from the scene.
“The Police arrived at the scene on time and rescued the motorcycle rider from lynching. The Police immediately took the rider to the hospital for treatment and evacuated the pedestrian. Before the Police arrived back at the scene, a mob was already burning the motorcycles left behind by the fleeing riders,” he added.
“The Lagos State Police Command condemns jungle justice in very strong terms. Anyone found engaging in such would be dealt with in accordance with the law.”
Normalcy has returned to the area as security operatives are on the ground to forestall further mob action.