Panic broke out at the Lagooz School on Omotoye
Estate in the Orile Agege area of Lagos State after
some hoodlums invaded the school premises.
We learnt that some Hausa teenagers, numbering
about 100, stormed the school with machetes and
They were said to have attacked the school’s
principal and a teacher, identified as Uncle John,
during a free-for-all which lasted for about two
Our correspondent was told that the rampaging
youths, aside damaging some property of the
school, allegedly made away with N1.5m.
Policemen from the Elere divison, operatives of the
Special Anti-robbery Squad and some members of
the Oodua People’s Congress, were said to have
repelled the attack as residents fled the area.
Our correspondent was told that seven of the
hoodlums were arrested, while others escaped
after SARS operatives opened fire on them.
A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
said trouble started when the school finished its
valedictory service party on Saturday, but the
teenagers refused to leave the school premises.
He said, “They were actually relatives of some of
the school-leavers. The valedictory service party
ended around 5pm, but they refused to leave. A
teacher, Uncle John, tried to force them out. One of
them abused the teacher and ran away.
“The teacher, who was embarrassed by the abuse,
held one of the Hausa teenagers. There was a
struggle between them. As the teacher hit the man,
he also fought back and held the teacher by the
neck, almost strangulating him.
“The principal, who wanted to settle the fight, was
held by the tie by one of the intruders and beaten
up. The principal’s brother, who wanted to rescue
him, was given a fist blow in the eye.”
The teenagers reportedly damaged about four
dozen of the chairs used for the party. Three of
them were later apprehended by the school.
Those apprehended were reportedly held hostage
in a classroom, while the others wreaked havoc on
the school premises.
A source told Metro that the apprehended
teenagers, however, mobilised more gang
members into the community on the telephone.
He said, “Those boys had their phones and they
started calling their friends, who trooped into the
school with cutlasses and weapons.
“Policemen at the school’s gate prevented them
from gaining entrance as they shot into the air. The
hoodlums, however, grew in number, which
overwhelmed the security agents.
“Despite the gunshots, the teenagers refused to go.
In fact, while some of them knelt, others prostrated
and were begging the police to shoot at them.
They were saying, ‘Please shoot us; we want to
It was gathered that some OPC members later
came out with weapons and engaged the
hoodlums before SARS operatives came out in
mass to chase away the teenagers.
They also seized motorcycles and weapons from
We learnt that prominent Hausa leaders had visited
the school to make peace with the management.