Residents of Orisigun Street, Iyana School bus stop, in the Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State say they have been living infear since the conclusion of the elections.
They explained that a gang of jobless political thugs had resorted to robbing them in the community at dawn.
Our correspondent learnt that the gang, numbering six, laid siege to the street “almost every day” between 5am and 6am and dispossessed dwellers of their valuables.
It was gathered that residents, who went to work at daybreak were the main targets of the political-thugs-turned-robbers, who reportedly wielded cutlasses, among other weapons.
Apart from the attacks at dawn, PUNCH Metro learnt that shops in the area had also fallen prey to looting, with owners losing millions of naira.
A resident, who claimed to have witnessed the incident twice, Sunday Adeyemi, said he escaped by a whisker on Wednesday while he was going to his office in Ikeja. He added that a lady was not lucky on the fateful day as the gang snatched her bag.
He said, “We were about four passing through the street around 6am on Wednesday. All of a sudden, the robbers ordered us to stop. We fled, but they chased us. The lady fell to the ground and that was how they were able to collect her bag. When we met again at Iyana School bus stop, she said her phones and N 7,000 were inside the bag.
“On Thursday around the same time, I narrowly escaped again. I saw them from afar and hid somewhere. They were six in number. A girl was going to buy recharge cards when they attacked her. They escaped through Aliu Street.”
Another resident, who identified himself only as Bukola, said the robbers were thugs used by politicians during the electioneering.
“They (the robbers) are the same set of people that caused trouble in the community during the political campaign. Now, they have resorted to robbery after the elections. We cannot walk around confidently again, particularly early in the morning,” he said.
Lamenting the incident, a landlord in the area, Muritala Akinyemi, said a man was equally robbed on Tuesday and injured by the gang. Akinyemi, who is also the welfare secretary of Orisigun Oja Oba Community Development Association, said robbery had been thriving in the community for years, but took a new dimension after the 2015 general elections.
He said “Around 6am on Tuesday, a young man ran into the mosque that he had been robbed of his money and phone. We contributed N200 for him to take a bus to his place of work. The robbers have been operating on the street for more than five years now. Sometimes, policemen patrol this area, but nobody has been arrested so far.”
The vice chairman of the association, Chief Musbau Akinyemi, urged the police to intervene and put an end to robbery attacks and cultism in the community.
He said, “We have petitioned the Area H Command and Alapere Police Station over the incidents, but we have yet to see any meaningful response from them. We want the police to take urgent steps to curtail these ugly trends.”
The Lagos State Police spokesperson, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, enjoined the residents to assist in securing the community and avail the police of credible information to track down the miscreants.
He said, “The residents need to provide us with credible information and actionable intelligence. We will act on it and get the perpetrators arrested.
“They should also put in place some vibrant neighbourhood watch programmes to protect the community. Common sense shows that for those miscreants to rob at daybreak, they must be residents of the area.”