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Bandits threaten to attack Lagos community

*Residents call on police for help

By Angela Okpe

RESIDENTS of Ogundimu Estate, off Ajuwon Road, in Ifako/Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State are gripped with fear after a letter that threatens an armed robbery attack in the area. They are asking for help.

Lagos CP, Fatai Owoseni
Lagos CP, Fatai Owoseni

“People are so afraid that the robbers will carry out their threat that they are not sure what to do,” said one of the community leaders.

“We are afraid to meet because we don’t know who their informants are.”

The estate, separated from Grailand by a bridge, has seen higher volumes of diverted traffic in the past one year because of road constructions on neighbouring Ogun State.

“We do not know where the threat is coming from, but we don’t want to take things for granted. The threat letter was dropped on Kayode Street, the major entrance to the estate. Only last week, robbers attacked a house on Kayode Street. There are fears that they will return.

“We are appealing to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, to direct his men to counter the threat. Iju Police Station is near us. The matter has been reported there, but we need more help. In April, at the commencement of re-construction of Kayode Street, more than 10 cars parked on the street were vandalised. The thieves were  never found, “the community leaders said.

Threats of attack
The Chairman, Landlord Association of Iju-Ogundimu, Ifako Ijaye, Commander Onifade, called on the police to help halt the incessant robbery threats in the area.  He said that the bandits attacked Adeniran Street and Iju-Ogundimu area and made away with some money and other valuable items after which they threatened to come back and rob again.  “After the incident, residents of the street have been living in fear and this made me call for a meeting where I advised them to be security conscious.  Thereafter, my lawyer and some tenants took the matter to the police station where the victims were interrogated and the police men on duty promised to look into the matter.  Since we reported the incident, we’ve not seen any policeman or their vehicle on patrol around the area but then I think they might be a secret investigation which I wouldn’t know.”

Police at alert
One of the tenants who pleaded not to be identified told Crime Guard that he had been living in the area with his family for over five years stating that the issue of robbery is alien to them until recently. He said: “we used to sleep peacefully with our two eyes closed but now, we have been living with fear. I am appealing to security enforcement agencies to do something before it gets late. I must say that the Police in the area are showing signs of alertness because I have been seeing them patrolling everywhere.  But, I think they need to do more than that.”

Appeal for help
Another tenant said “we’ve been experiencing hardship; the economy is bad I was relying on my husband’s business until recently, I decided to open a small business in other to support my husband.  However, the little business we are managing here is at stake as we no longer have that liberty to operate due to the threat of these robbers. I could no longer sleep in my house; we are now living in fear. I am appealing to the police to double their efforts though, they have been trying, but they should restore the lost peace which the residents of Adeniran Street had been enjoying.”


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