By Bose Adelaja
Residents of Charismatic Estate, Igbokuta and Oke-Agbo in Imota Local Council Development Area, Ikorodu are now living in fear following the activities of armed bandits who raided their abode. The robbers who stormed the estate on December 17, succeeded in killing one of the residents while several others were injured.
Similarly, cash and other valuable items estimated at several millions of naira were carted away in the robbery attack which occurred around 8 pm that fateful day.
Since the incident happened, things are no longer at ease in these communities. While some residents are already fleeing the area, others are living in apprehension of a fresh attack.
Vanguard Metro VM learnt that the robbers’ first port of call was the residence of the proprietor of a private school in the area. The security guard popularly called ‘’Papa’’ was allegedly tied to a plastic chair before he was killed by the bandits and left in the pool of his own blood.
When Vanguard Metro visited the communities last week, the remains of the guard had already been buried at Imota cemetery. Some friends and relatives who came to mourn him claimed the attack was suspicious and prayed God to unravel the mystery behind it.
While some respondents alleged that the deceased was felled by gunshot, others said he was matcheted to death by the robbers.
At Igbokuta and Oke-Agbo, many of the frightened residents declined to talk to the press. VM however learnt that the robbers who also laid siege on the road leading to the communities, disposed people returning from work of their money and other valuables.
The deceased who lived at Imota but worked at Igbokuta, was said to be preparing to retire from the job in January 2014.
. A petty trader in the area, Madam Ajibade Tiwalola told VM that the deceased was her customer. ‘’He usually patronises my shop and on one of the occasions, he told me he was tired of the job and will retire in January. I was shocked when I received news of his death,’’ she lamented.
VM’ met the proprietor’s house under lock and key but a blood stained chair was found under a tree, the ground was also stained with blood.
One of the victims at Igbokuta, a retired Police Officer, Mr.Julius was wounded on his head by the robbers, ‘’I was to travel to my village today (last Wednesday) for the burial of my younger brother but the robbers struck while we were watching television. The burial was slated for Friday December 20, they accosted my son to the sitting room as he went out to check the generating set which they (robbers) switched off.. As soon as they gained entrance into the house, they searched my pockets and snatched my phones after which they asked us to lie flat on the floor till they finished their operation. My wife and children were not attacked but I was seriously injured by their gun boot,’’ he said.
The robbers also attacked other families in the area before they headed for Oke-Agbo where a newly purchased motorcycle and other valuable items were carted away.
A public servant who pleaded anonymity urged government to provide a Police Station at Igbokuta . ‘’The Divisional Police Officer, Jimoh Tijani drove to the scene as soon as he got the distress call. The Imota Division is trying in this area but it serves too many communities. There is need for more Police stations in this area,’’ he said.
When Vanguard Metro visited Imota Division, the DPO refused to comment on the development but referred this reporter to the Police Public relations Officer.