There have been massive attacks on policemen at the Adekunle Police Station situated at Yaba area of Lagos.
Protesters have blocked the Adekunle, Yaba access to the Third mainland bridge to traffic as protest against police brutality continues.
Officers of Rapid Response Squad were seen being attacked by hoodlums at Ebute Metta just as some of the policemen scampeered for safety.
Two lorries and two hilux vans belonging to the unit were reportedly damaged.
Injured officers are receiving treatment at Panti hospital while others scampered for safety.
In a reaction by the state command of the police, the force said it was regrettable that it's officers had come under such vicious attacks.
The command's statement made available by its PPRO, Muyiwa Adejobi said the officers injured in the attacks are being treated at the police health facility.
The statement in full reads thus:
AGAIN, VIOLENT PROTESTERS ATTACK POLICEMEN, DAMAGE POLICE VEHICLES IN LAGOS.
The #endsars# protest, which is gradually becoming violent, got heightened today, Monday, 19th October, 2020, when violent protesters descended on some policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Command at Adekunle, Yaba, around 10am.
The ninety seven (97) policemen, who were being conveyed to their various beats on routine relief duties across the state, came across the violent protesters who started shouting "No Police, No Police", and stoned them. After the attacks, nineteen (19) of the policemen were critically injured while 4 police vehicles were damaged.
The policemen, who scampered for safety, were eventually rescued and rushed to the Police Clinic at Panti, Yaba, for medical attention.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos state, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the attack and urged officers and men of the command to remain calm while they continue to manage the situation professionally, as usual in the state.
He further appealed to community leaders, parents and guardians, traditional rulers and religious leaders, to caution the youth against violence and any act that is capable of aggravating tension in the state as such will be counterproductive.