PLATEAU, Nigeria – There was pandemonium especially in the ever-busy terminus market in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, as hoodlums suspected to be against the End SARS protest attacked people and burned down properties at the city centre.
It was gathered that three people were killed amid the chaos.
However, while the hoodlums were causing havoc, the End SARS protesters were miles away at the Hill Station Hotel roundabout, Polo roundabout, Old Airport roundabout and Gero junction roundabout in Bukuru (Jos South LGA).
OgeneAfrican learnt that at Hill Station roundabout earlier in the day, the protesters had blocked the road, denying the Commissioner of Police access, until he begged to be allowed to pass through.
According to an eyewitness who gave his name as Jacob, several businesses have closed to avert destruction especially in the terminus market area, these boys just came and started destroying peoples things, we had to run for our lives.
He further said gunshots have been heard in the area, forcing residents in the area to run from the scene.
He further explained that several cars and properties worth millions of naira have been destroyed by the hoodlums who were saying they were against the End SARS protest.
He added that the hoodlums were saying the protesters want to bring down President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and they won’t allow them to succeed.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, ASP Dombey Peters, “We are aware of the incident, and our men have been deployed to the area.
“As I speak to you, the place is calm, because our men have taken charge of the area.
On the level of damage, Peters said, “From the information I have, five cars were damaged, but I’m not aware of any loss of life”.
He also said no arrest has been made, but investigations are ongoing to fish out perpetrators so they can face the full wrath of the law.