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COVID-19 lockdown: Pickpockets, robbers, burglars rendered useless in Lagos

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COVID-19 lockdown: Crime rate reduces in most parts of Lagos

By Evelyn Usman

Crime rate has dropped drastically in most parts of Lagos, following the lockdown, as pickpockets have been rendered useless because their prey has been forced to remain indoors.

Workers and traders who usually left their abodes before 5am, are also heaving sighs of relief, from the incessant attacks by robbers who operate on motorcycles.

Traffic robbers, Catch-in-the-air robbery gangs and robbers who attack customers coming from banks also have their own share of regrets, following the forced break-in operation, owing to the lockdown in Lagos, especially.

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Also, information revealed that the rate of shop breaking at the Idumota and Balogun markets have dropped , apparently due to the restriction of both human and vehicular movement which deprive burglars of having any means to transport stolen goods . In addition, cult clashes and killings seem to have been put on hold this period.

This is because everyone, with the exception of those on essential duty, have been compelled to stay at home, including criminal elements.

More importantly, the attendant gridlock in Lagos has completely disappeared, thereby making driving pleasurable.

A journey that usually took one, over one hour to get to one’s destination, owing to the traffic situation, now takes less than 15 minutes. But for the resultant consequences of the long stay at home, one would have wished that Lagos roads remain the way it is.

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