Several communities in the Lagos and Ogun State Provinces are now living in fear following rising cases of robbery attacks during the coronavirus lock down.
The neighborhoods affected in Lagos are: Ajao Estate, Abule Egba, Iju, Agege, Alimosho, Alagbado, among others, and Ayede, Ilepa, Ijoko, Ifo, Ibogun, Itori, GudFugba, Ayepe and Agbado in Ifo Local Government Areas and Ewekoro of Ogun State.
It was learned that residents of the affected communities formed vigilante groups to contain the rampant thieves.
The attacks, according to sources, came as a result of the lockout in both states to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
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In the Ajao Estate area of the Isolo Local Council Development Area, a few residents who visited Automated TVs (ATMs) in different parts of town have not been robbed of their finances in the last days of lockout.
Ajao resident Aminat Adebayo, who visited an ATM gallery nearby, said she had been robbed by hoodlums who had waited for her to withdraw money before using the money.
The Nigerian Police is in Ogun State are embarrassing the entire Nigerians!!!
Imagine robbers are now pasting Notifications that they will Rob at Midnight and they actually Come and Rob and and no one stopped them!?@PoliceNG @dabiodunMFR @MBuhari #OgunUnrest #OgunUnrest pic.twitter.com/yZw6P2O3VC
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In the Abule Egba area, the hoodlums have been breaking into homes and robbing residents at gunpoint.
Resident, Wale Adejumo, shared his experience, saying: ” We were outside our home around the U-Turn area of Abule Egba around 7pm last Wednesday, when the number eight boys bounced at us at gunpoint and ‘ n lead us to our rooms and rob us of our money and mobile phones. ”
Suspected hoodlums were found to have broken into several roadside shops in Dopemu, Iju and Old Abeokuta Motor Road in the Agege area of Lagos State.
Robbery Reports are coming in from, Alagbado, Agbado, ijaiye, Abule Egba, Agege, Ogba, Akute, Ota, Sango.
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In the Ayede area of the Ifo Local Government Area in Ogun Province, residents no longer sleep with their eyes closed. They have formed a vigilance group to keep the thieves from the community.
A leading member of the community, Mr Ademosu Ojoaru, lamented that the surveillance group was responding to the inadequacy of the police to secure their lives and property.
Sources in Ibogun said the siege by thieves led to the deportation of people from the town.
‘They have been attacking several Ibogun communities including Olorunda, Egbeda, Alapoti, Odejimi, Solu, and others.
” We’re now making bonfires at night to watch over our neighborhoods, ” said a community leader who spoke in confidence.
Armed Robbery is NOT motivated by Poverty and Hunger!
An average robber isn’t stealing to raise capital for a business, the money made from this act is most usually spent on Drugs, Alcohol, Prostitutes and other exuberant lifestyle. #LagosUnrest #OgunUnrest #abuleegba pic.twitter.com/9hSWX7Z6uZ
— Brown Edu (@brownedu_dcr) April 12, 2020
The scenario is the same in Apomu, Gudugba and Ayepe districts of Ewekoro Local Government Area in Ogun Province. Suspicious thieves, according to residents, had made several attempts to access the communities over the past few days.
A female community leader who asked not to be named urged police authorities to increase surveillance to prevent attacks by thieves.
Who else can’t sleep, because of this https://t.co/FcYXpILZ0D
— O.J🌍 (@Mheedinah) April 11, 2020
Meanwhile in a statement issued on Friday, Ogun State police spokesman Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi assured residents of adequate police protection. He urged people to stay calm.
Police Commissioner CP Kenneth Ebrimson has therefore appealed to members of the public not to become unnecessarily anxious as the order will continue to do all it can to ensure that the good people of Ogun state enjoy adequate protection during and after this trio of our beloved country. He also instructed them to reach out to him through the direct control room number : 08081770416 whenever they are in distress.
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