Hoodlums disrupt fun seekers at National Theatre

National Arts Theatre, Lagos
National Arts Theatre, Lagos

Suspected hoodlums on Friday disrupted the peace of fun seekers at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

NAN reports that many people who had come to the premises to spend the Christmas day lost their valuables during the incident, which occurred between 4:30pm and 5pm.

The venue suddenly became chaotic as members of the public, who had come for relaxation and sightseeing took to their heels following the activities of the suspected hoodlums.

But the police at the National Theatre Post eventually apprehended some of the suspected hoodlums.

A 19-year-old student, Philip Patrick, told NAN he just saw people running all over the premises of the theatre.

“I came here with my siblings to spend the Christmas day.

“We were having a picnic sort of, and all of a sudden, we saw people running in different directions; we also saw a `danfo’ bus move speedily around the complex.

“No one could really explain exactly what was happening but we had to run for safety first,” he said.

Mr. Patrick said there were many pickpockets around.

“There are also a lot of pickpockets around harassing fun seekers.

“One of them took my camera but returned it immediately when I saw his hand coming out from my pocket.

“I also saw the same man take items from other people,” Mr. Patrick said.

A teacher, Anabel Gbenro, said the incident was terrifying.

“I have come here with my family to give them a tour of a historic place in our country.

“The next thing we saw was people running to different directions.

“It is annoying that hoodlums are roaming everywhere here taking items from innocent people who are trying to relax their nerves.

“The security should be tighter; the police should increase their surveillance,” Mrs. Gbenro said.

Another fun seeker, Precious Ukawuike, said more should be done to restore the glory of the theatre.

“We cannot even go inside the theater; on a day like this, we cannot go inside to see how it is.

“It is sad that a lot of our young generation, especially those living outside Lagos do not know what the National Theatre is.

“I also think that people with demeanor which are visibly questionable should be further scrutinised by security agents to prevent them from harassing harmless citizens,” Miss Ukawuike said.


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