Coronavirus lockdown: Armed robbers prey on residents in Lagos, Ogun hinterlands

Coronavirus lockdown: Armed robbers prey on residents in Lagos, Ogun hinterlands

Several communities in Lagos and Ogun States are now living in fear following rising cases of robbery attacks due to the coronavirus lockdown.

According to reports by our correspondent, the affected neighbourhoods in Lagos are; Ajao Estate; Abule Egba; Iju; as well as Alagbado.

The Ogun communities under attack are Ayede; Ilepa; Ijoko; Ifo; Ibogun; Itori; GudFugba; Ayepe as well as Agbado communities in Ifo and Ewekoro Local Government Areas of Ogun State.

In a bid to stem the attacks, it was gathered that the residents of the affected communities have since formed vigilante groups.

The increase in these attacks is due to a widespread lack of resources witnessed by the coronavirus lockdown, according to some residents.

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In the Ajao Estate area of the Isolo Local Council Development Area; not a few residents who visited Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in different parts of the town have been robbed of their money in the last few days of the lockdown.

A resident of Ajao resident, Aminat Adebayo, who visited a nearby ATM gallery; said she was robbed by hoodlums who had waited for her to make a cash withdrawal before dispossessing her of the money.

In the Abule Egba area, the hoodlums have been breaking into homes; and robbing residents at gunpoint.

A resident, Wale Adejumo, shared his experience, saying; “We were outside our home around U-Turn area of Abule Egba at about 7 pm last Wednesday; when boys numbering eight pounced on us at gunpoint and led us into our rooms and robbed us of our money and mobile phones.’’

It was gathered that suspected hoodlums had broken into several roadside shops in Dopemu, Iju and Old Abeokuta Motor Road in the Agege area of Lagos State.

In the Ayede area of the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State; residents no longer sleep with their eyes closed. They have formed a vigilance group to ward off the robbers from the community.

Sources also revealed the siege by robbers has led to an exodus of people from the town.

‘’They robbers have been attacking several Ibogun communities including Olorunda, Egbeda, Alapoti, Odejimi, Solu, and others.

‘’We now make bonfires at night to keep vigil over our neighbourhoods,’’ a community leader lamented.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued on Friday, April 10; police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi assured residents of adequate police protection.

‘’The Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson has therefore appealed to members of the public not to be unnecessarily apprehensive. The command will continue to do everything within its power to ensure that the good people of Ogun state enjoy adequate security during and after this trying period of our dear country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He also enjoined them to reach out to the command through the control room number 08081770416 whenever they are in distress.’’

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