The cars, displayed for sale at a car stand, were set ablaze by alleged thugs hired to disrupt the #EndSARS protest against the SARS tactical unit of the Nigerian Police Force over its brutality, illegal arrest, extortion, extra-judicial killings, among others.
It was gathered that the hoodlums had attempted to attack the #EndSARS protesters on Monday morning during their desmostration at Apo, but the protesters overpowered and repelled them.
When the hoodlums reinforced themselves and came back to the scene in the afternoon, the protesters had dispersed. Out of anger, the miscreants attacked the a car stand at Jesus Avenue, along Apo Mechanic Village and set it ablaze.
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 added that some policemen were in the area while the mayhem lasted. But, they were too few to stop the hoodlums who came in numbers.
Below are some of the videos from the scene circulationg on the social media.
Abuja, please be careful, they’re on a rampage and they have just killed 2 people. We need names of those killed in Abuja. pic.twitter.com/LRzzw1iP3z
— Fakhrriyyah (@FakhuusHashim) October 19, 2020
— Fahd (@Jibmann) October 19, 2020
Hired thugs have hijacked Kabusa and Apo in Abuja. They are burning cars and the Policemen around are aiding them.
— ADÉBÁYỌ̀ RAPHAEL (@Adebayo_Ralph) October 19, 2020
VIDEO UPDATE- The sponsored thugs allegedly sets over 200 #EndSARS protesters cars in Apo, Abuja.
— Aisha Yesufu (@Aisha_yesuf) October 19, 2020
Somebody's car stand got burnt in Kabusa Junction, Apo, Abuja..
That car stand had well over 50 cars parked there if I'm not mistaken 😭
This is just sad and heartbreaking 💔💔💔pic.twitter.com/2PbR3DpwQ0
— Anon🌚 (@Zaddy_Clinton) October 19, 2020
The latest attack comes 24 hours after the death of Anthony Onome, an Abuja resident died in the hospital on Sunday after he was stabbed while marching with other protesters on Saturday.