Punch reported that operatives of the Ojodu Abiodun Police Station in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State were stunned on Sunday as some youths invaded the division and vandalised property.
The assailants reportedly broke into the cell of the station, freed detained suspects and carted away some valuables, including television sets and seized motorcycles.
Cars parked beside the station were also destroyed.
The youths, in a large number, stormed the station around 1pm in retaliation for the shooting of a youth.
It was gathered that a team of policemen had raided a black spot in the Yakoyo area on Saturday, when they were confronted by some hoodlums.
The team was said to have responded with gunshots during which the victim, Dada Omotoye, who was relaxing in front of his house, was hit by a bullet.
He was said to have been rushed to a private hospital in the community.
On Sunday, some angry youths were said to have mobilised to a checkpoint along the Alagbole under bridge, but were repelled by the operatives on duty.
They allegedly regrouped in numbers and attacked the division around 1pm.
There was tension when our correspondent visited the police station around 2pm on Sunday as armed men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad were seen patrolling the area.
It was observed that glasses of the station’s windows had been shattered, while its charge room was in a shambles. An electricity box at the entrance of the charge room was also destroyed.
Windscreens and side glasses of four vehicles parked beside the division were vandalised. Two of the cars reportedly belonged to policemen at the station.
PUNCH Metro also observed that broken bottles littered a section of the premises, while a television set was smashed by the station gate.
Our correspondent heard an armed policeman in mufti, telling a man that there were a few operatives on the ground when the hoodlums struck.
“We were caught unawares. It was only the S.O. (Station Officer), one or two policemen and me that were at the station when they (the hoodlums) came. They were about 200. They entered my office and removed my TV set. They went to other offices and stole TV sets. They carted away some seized motorcycles on the premises. Their intention was to burn the station, but we were able to disperse them.”
An FSARS operative was also heard lamenting that the hoodlums freed some suspects in the police custody.
Some panic-stricken residents approached by our correspondent declined comments on the incident.