Protesters participating in the #EndSARS protests in Lagos State have arrested and handed over a man, Yusuf Lawal, to the police for allegedly stealing a phone belonging to another protester.
It was gathered that Lawal stole the phone at the Lekki Toll Gate, one of the protest venues in the state, on Saturday, after which he handed it over to an accomplice who absconded with it.
Lawal was, however, said to have been apprehended him before he could escape.
Muyiwa Adejobi, the state Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement on Sunday confirmed that the protesters handed Lawal to the police.
He added that efforts were on to arrest the fleeing member.
“The #EndSARS protesters at Lekki, arrested and handed over a co-protester, Yusuf Lawal, 25, from Ojuelegba area of Lagos, for stealing a phone, on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
“The protesters who were angry about the incident descended on him and gave him beating before they agreed to hand him over to the police at the Maroko Police Station.
“Though the stolen phone has not been recovered as the suspect passed on the phone to his fleeing gang members. The Police are working on the useful information gathered from him to track down his gang members who are at large.
“The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has reiterated that this incident is a clear indication that the protests, across the state, have been hijacked by some hoodlums who hide under the #EndSARS protests to steal, loot and cause damage to peoples property.
“He, therefore, advised protesters to be watchful of those who have infiltrated into their gatherings to cause pains to innocent Lagosians.”
Nigerians across the federation have been protesting for the past 12 days under the #EndSARS movement, clamouring for the scrapping of the now-disbanded Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, as well as an end to police brutality and extortion in the country.