An attempt by hoodlums to attack Ikeja Computer Village, Nigeria’s largest technology market amid the #EndSARS protests was today repelled by law enforcement agencies, the female market leader has told Technology Times.
Multiple video footage and social media posts seen by Technology Times show multitudes of hoodlums who hid under the covers of the ongoing protests to invade the market and loot wares.
Mrs Abisola Azeez, Iyaloja of Ikeja Computer Village Iyaloja says that the attempts were repelled by security agencies, including soldiers who managed to prevent the hoodlums from gaining access into the tech market located in the commercial heart of Lagos.
Ahead of today’s botched invasion of Ikeja Computer Village, the Iyaloja says that the market board had this week put in place additional security measures to secure the market following the #EndSARS protests recorded in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.
“We are thankful that the hoodlums were pushed back by the security forces who tried to come into the market from the Ikeja Under Bridge area. They could not come in because they were pushed back by the security forces”, the Iyaloja told Technology Times in a phone interview.
‘Ikeja Computer Village under control’
“I can confirm to you that Ikeja Computer Village is safe and intact. The hoodlums did not gain access. All the shops in the market are safe and secure. All the adjoining shops around the market are also safe and no break-in or vandalisation has been recorded here”, she says.
Ikeja Computer Village is home to a thriving business in ICT and other consumer technology products running from computers, laptops, smartphones, devices, accessories, and peripherals.
Only days ago, the Iyaloja says that an additional 40 specialist security personnel were inaugurated in addition to the existing Task Force Unit of Ikeja Computer Village as part of measures to beef up security in the market.
She says that following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and announcement of the lifting of curfew imposed by Lagos State Government, the market will now be open daily to customers.
The #EndSARS protest took a violent turn by last weekend when reports that soldiers opened allegedly shot at youths protesting at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.
The reports which trended on social media sparked condemnations and also sparked violence across Lagos, Abuja and other parts of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration, in response to youth protesting brutality and extrajudicial killings by the notorious police unit.
Buhari also directed that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts be brought to justice.
”I will like to use this opportunity to say a word on the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and in some cases extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct of the men of the Nigerian Police Force,’’ the President said during the launch of the P-YES programme.
According to him, “the disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.
”We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice”, Buhari says.