Christmas Celebration: Hoodlums attack Fun Seekers at National Theatre

There was palpable tension at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, on Friday when some hoodlums invaded the premises, causing fun seekers to run for safety.

The incident, which happened around 5pm, also caused some of the fun seekers to lose their valuables while trying to escape from the hoodlums.

Some of the affected fun seekers who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria described their experience as traumatic, noting that there were many pickpockets who moved around the premises, stealing items from unsuspecting visitors.

A 19-year-old student, Philip Patrick, who said he came with his siblings to spend the Christmas Day, lamented the way pickpockets were harassing visitors. He added, “We were having a picnic and suddenly, we saw people running in different directions. We also saw a commercial bus speeding around the complex. No one could explain exactly what was happening but we had to run for safety first.

“One of the pickpockets almost stole my camera but he returned it immediately I saw his hand coming out of my pocket. I also saw the same man stealing from other people.”

Also, a teacher, Mrs. Anabel Gbenro, described the incident as terrifying, adding that security in such places should be strengthened to protect fun seekers.

She added, “I have come here with my family to give them a tour of a historic place in our country, but suddenly we saw people running to different directions. It is annoying that hoodlums are roaming everywhere, taking items from innocent people who have come to relax. The security arrangement should be tighter.”

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