Police have freed several youths arrested in Lagos on suspicion of cybercrime.
The youths were freed after protesters threatened to burn down the police station were they were being held. Some of the protesters reportedly came to the station with 15 litres of petrol, threatening to raze the facility if the “innocent” suspects were not released unconditionally.
The Realm News reported how officers of the Nigeria Police came under attack at Isheri Olowora, around Berger axis of Lagos State.
Officers from Awosika Police Station reportedly arrested youth in the area for allegedly engaging in internet fraud (being “Yahoo boys”).
Witnesses said police officers randomly picked “boys” from the streets and tagged them “Yahoo boys”.
Angry youth then stormed the police station in retaliation against the police whom they accused of showing no evidence of crime.
They reportedly accused the police of arresting the young men to extort money from their family and friends.
A video posted online showed chaotic scenes as irate youth stormed the police station demanding the unconditional release of the suspected “Yahoo boys”.