After protests against police violence and extrajudicial killings took place in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday, hoodlums ended up burning more than 50 cars in Apo mechanic village in Abuja.
The cars, which were on display at a car dealership stall, were set on fire by alleged thugs hired to break the unrest of the #EndSARS protesters for a comprehensive police reform.
The criminals were suspected of attempting to attack the protesters in Apo during their Monday morning demonstration. However, the demonstrators defended themselves.
But by the time the thugs got up and came back, the #EndSARS demonstrators had already spread.
In anger, the thugs attacked and set fire to a car stand on Jesus Avenue along the Apo Mechanic Village.
Meanwhile, those on the scene said the criminals were destroying other valuables in the area while harassing people.
Amateur videos of the chaos appeared on the Internet on Monday evening.
An eyewitness, who spoke anonymously for security reasons, said, “The hoodlums began the attack around 3:30pm. My colleague and I were driving home when we saw people running helter-skelter near the mechanic village.
“We had to park our car on the premises of Apo Shoprite for safety reasons and run for our lives.
“We also saw those who set the cars ablaze brandishing machetes and small knives to intimidate and scare the people away.”
The source further mentioned that there were a number of policemen in the area while the chaos continued. But there were too few to stop the criminals.
At the time of this report, efforts to reach the owner of the burnt cars had not produced positive results.