Hoodlums attack 7UP officials, steal Lagos marathoners’ refreshments

Lagos Marathon [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]
Lagos Marathon [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Hoodlums on Saturday attacked officials of Seven Up Bottling Company, the official provider of refreshments for the 2nd Access Bank Lagos Marathon and some volunteers, carting away table water packs and refreshments for the marathoners.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the officials were defenceless at the Palmgroove end of the race along Ikorodu road, where they were stationed to hand over drinks to the marathoners.

The hoodlums from the area overpowered the officials on duty and forced them to part with all the drinks on the stand at the point close to the Plamgroove Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) station.

The Head of the Seven Up Bottling Company (SBC) team, who identified herself as Kike, said the hoodlums carted away about 500 cartons of drinks meant for the marathoners, while the police refused to help them.

“The hoodlums took all our products packs, about 500, meant for the marathoners.

“I asked for help from the policemen around when the hoodlums were approaching but they said that we should share the products.

“So, when I could not succeed in persuading them, we stepped back.

“The hoodlums were coming to carry the products in packs, so I said that we should be giving them only one since the policemen said that they won’t be able to chase anybody away.

“Before I knew it, my colleague stationed at the Teslim Balogun Stadium came with the same report that the hoodlums had attacked them,’’ she told NAN.

“We don’t have an idea that the police won’t protect us; they just told us that they are not here for Seven Up.

“So, instead of allowing the hoodlums to steal our tents and destroy everything, we allowed them to go away with the products while we secure our assets.’’

Kike said that the situation would have been brought under control if the policemen had chased away the hoodlums, adding that instead the policemen encouraged them to besiege us.

“It was even the policemen on ground that asked me to settle the hoodlums that they are about to leave the point.

“I told them to give me some minutes so that we sort our things out and also call for vehicle to move us away from the trouble spot, but instead, this is what we got,’’ she said.

The policemen on duty, however, debunked the claims of the Seven Up officials, saying that no officer could have given such order to share the drinks. (NAN)


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  • Impulse400

    The police should shut up and stop lying. They had units stationed all over the various parts of Lagos. Thirdmainland bridge was on LOCK DOWN this morning. It was obvious that they exercised their full power this morning. So for them to deny letting hudlooms have their way at such a peaceful, well organized street parade is belittling and shameless of them.

    They conaived with those hoodlums for reasons best known to them. But if it was a protest, they would instantly arrest the known leaders. It is the same police that would raise alarm that hoodlums are coming to hijack a peaceful event, pretending to be concerned for public safety. Oh, so… because they were proved wrong at the February 6th protest, they went to invite their “business colleagues” to invoke hell and teach Lagosians a lesson. They more or less supervised the various attacks and are now telling tales.

  • Layo

    The police is their partner in crime, they know those boys and they give them kickbacks, I hope Fatai Owoseni will take up this matter instead of chasing after peaceful protesters. Shame on the police force. Area commander, Area C, see what your boys are doing.

  • bature johnson

    the organizer should known that there is hunger in the land of Nigerians as a nation that are snuffing life out of ordinary citizen that needed an urgent attention to be address not by the way they are stressing the mass populace for one create of 7up to be won what i mean is how much tax is been wave for 7up for its supports as a cooperate company in Nigeria