BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — Palpable fear has gripped residents of Elerinko Estate in Ijoko-Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State as suspected robbers threatened to attack them.
The robbers, who reportedly pasted the notice of their impending visit to the estate, advised the residents, in their interest to make cash available during their visit without which they threatened to descend heavily on them.
Vanguard gathered that the suspected robbers pasted the letters on buildings, electric poles and other strategic places in the estate last Saturday, before dawn.
According to some of the residents, who pleaded anonymity for obvious reasons, the notice has the logo of a skull and femur bones.
“We woke up on Saturday to see the notice pasted all over the estate asking us to prepare for the robbers,” a resident said.
Another resident, who forwarded the message he reportedly sent to the Commissioner of Police in the state to Vanguard, pleaded that the residents need police protection.
According to him, “in the letter, the robbers said they will attack us. That we should make cash available in our homes. That we had enjoyed peace for too long, adding that no security can stop them. You can imagine the panic in the area with many planning to pack out. Please help us.”
In his reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed that the command was aware of the threat by the robbers, saying the commissioner has ordered the area commander to do the needful.
Adejobi, however, said he had not received the letter, but heard about it, adding: “We have put in place adequate security in the area. I got the information from someone, I did not see the letter. The CP has acted on it. The DPO of Ota, CSP Gabriel Idibie, has been parading the area.
“The Area Commander, Ota, Titilayo Kayode, as at yesterday directed the DPO in charge of Ota to ensure security in the area.
“We have put in place adequate security in the area. The people should get across to us in case of eventuality.”