Residents of Brown Street in Oshodi yesterday urged the Lagos State Government to draft more security operatives to Oshodi.
This, they said, would scare away hoodlums who disturb the peace of the community.
The residents denied that Tuesday and yesterday clashes that left many injured were between rival groups of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
They said the hoodlums chased away by the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences have found an haven behind Moyosore Shopping Complex in Oshodi.
A resident, Olawale Olaniyan, accused one Talo of harbouring the hoodlums.
Olaniyan urged the task force to extend their operations to the complex.
Narrating how the incident occurred, Olaniyan said: “The crisis had nothing to do with the union. It was the hoodlums being arrested lately by the task force who regrouped in the area that caused the crisis. They usually snatch people’s hand bags and pick pockets. When residents noticed their nefarious activities, they tried to beat some of the hoodlums but Bush, a resident, prevented them. He told the hoodlums not to return to the area again. The hoodlums regrouped and attacked Bush, injuring him on his head.”
Newsmen learnt that Bush was receiving treatment in the hospital.
Another resident, Mrs Sherifat Oye, wondered why Talo decided to harbour the touts.
“These are people who do not have houses in Oshodi but come from other states to torment people here. Since, the task force started chasing them from the main road, they have been coming into the inner streets to continue their crimes,” she said.
Rasaq Wole said if not for police intervention, the residents were about going after Talo for harbouring the hoodlums who caused the mayhem.
Wole urged the police to ensure the complex is free of the hoodlums.