On Wednesday morning, a team of armed soldiers rescued the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, from angry protesting youths who allegedly invaded the palace and threatened to burn it down.
The monarch’s personal assistant, Deoye Olumegbon, said a team of soldiers responded to a distress call in about five vehicles and whisked Mr. Akiolu away.
“It’s healthy Kabiyesi. There were soldiers coming to save him. Yet thugs vandalized the palace and looted it. “No one is dead, but precious property has been taken away,” Mr. Olumegbon, a prince of the Royal Family of Olumegbon, told our reporter on the phone.
Other witnesses, including a worker at a nearby government hospital who craved anonymity, verified, after successfully burning down the Ebute Ero police post, rampaging youths had stormed the palace.
As part of its authority, the police station, which is located in Idumota, has the Palace.
According to Mr. Olumegbon, during the crisis, the divisional police officer at the police station, who was simply known as Shina, reportedly suffered an injury.
He, however, said the palace, as stated in some newspapers, was not set ablaze.
Another resident of the palace, known simply as TJ, told our reporter that the police officers at the Area A command of the Lion House, Lagos Island, are repelling attacks from hoodlums at 12 noon, who are currently trying to set it on fire.
A former senior police officer, Mr Akiolu, is a staunch supporter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ruling. He threatened to hurt non-Yoruba speaking residents of the city in 2015 if they refused to vote during the governorship election for the party’s nominee, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, the house of the mother of the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was also burned. The house is situated in Surulere, on Akerele Lane.
One of the governor’s assistants, who stated this on the phone to our reporter, pled anonymity, adding that he was not allowed to comment on the matter.
However, the source did not confirm whether or not a casualty was present.
Several other public buildings were also set on fire, including the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit (LRU) on Lagos Island; the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory and Public Works Company, both in Berger; several BRT bus stations, including those in Berger and Oyingbo; and the building of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).