Thugs 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
"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