Lagos residents lament incessant robbery attack
Lately, the road has become unsafe for residents returning home from work late as robbers and hoodlums attack and dispossess them of their belongings.
The criminals usually operate on motorcycles at night in groups of threes, two on the bike and one strolling to prowl on passers-by. Residents who spoke with The Guardian want government to come to their aid as the incident is becoming worrisome even as it spreads across to neighbouring communities.
One of the residents who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the hoodlums have made the area dreadful as shops and small businesses close at the dawn of dusk. He said the criminals go around on Okada carrying machetes, pistols and knifes at night robbing people.
On Tuesday night at about 11:15p.m. a resident was robbed while returning from work. He was macheted on his face and forcefully pushed into the gutter on Ogunronbi road adjacent Basis Hospital. The victim, who just received a call from his family members of his whereabouts was heading home and was close to his estate before the criminals attacked him and took away his valuables, leaving him writhing in pains.
Although police patrol vans are usually parked at a popular axis called OPC junction, the impact of the law enforcement agency is yet to be felt in the area as the crime goes on unabated.
Another resident, who runs a beer parlour on the road, Mrs. Onifade Oseyemi, said the fear of the criminals is the beginning of wisdom. Oseyemi, who decried the incessant attack, said the act has caused drop in sales thereby putting fears on customers who patronise her.
She said the hoodlums usually operate from the Orisunbare, Paiko and Ewenla junction daily, looking for targets to attack.
An Okada rider, Sulaimon, who plies Idimu to Orisunbare, said many of his colleagues have been attacked in recent times during the day and at dusk.
Suleiman said the criminals during the day would pretend to be passengers boarding their bikes and request that they are taken to an area in Paiko where they dispose them of their valuables and dispossessing them of their okadas. The stolen motorcycles are then used to operate at night.
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