COVID-19 Lockdown: Armed Robbers, Hoodlums Operates Freely In Lagos, Ogun

The surge of insecurity in Nigeria took a new turn in many communities in Lagos and Ogun States as robber and hoodlums have subjected communities in these states to constant robbery attacks. The media learnt that hoodlums stormed Agbado community in Lagos State in large numbers but were repelled by residents who had a sleepless night watching against robbery attacks.

The weekend episode came on the back of earlier one on Tuesday’s where they attacked residents, shot a dog in the head and stole two motorcycles. The case according to residents was lodged at the Ayinla police station in Agbado.

According to eyewitness, the hoodlums numbering over 100 arrived at about 9:00pm brandishing guns, bottles and other dangerous weapons on Friday threatening to launch attack that night.  As a result, residents of Agbado Crossing had sleepless night making bonfire with used tyres to scare away the hoodlums who later left after looting some shops.

It was gathered that since Tuesday last week when the first midnight attack was launched, residents of the various streets formed themselves into vigilante groups with bonfire set daily at nights to scare away the hoodlums. It was gathered that the hoodlums numbering over 30 on the first day of attack brandished guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons shouting at the top of their voices in pretext of performing a midnight sacrifice popularly referred to as “Oro” in Yoruba language.

Residents said the hoodlums in the process of chanting incantation’s jumped into houses demanding for valuables like handsets, laptops and other household utensils before carting away two motorcycles. They were said to have operated for more than three hours moving from house to house without any obstruction.


It was also gathered that residents of Okearo, Matogun, Lambs, Sango Otta also resorted to self-help by keeping vigil at nights in order to forestall threats posed by miscreants in the face of the lockdown. The residents, however, called on the federal government to call off the lockdown so that people can go back to their various businesses.


The Lagos State Police Command said yesterday that its operatives have arrested about 36 suspected robbers who had been terrorising residents and looting shops in Lagos and Ogun States. According to the command, the commander, Rapid Respond Squad(RRS) , Olatunji Dish, a deputy commissioner of police led the team of police officers in the patrol of Ijoko, Dalemo, Saka, Akinde, Alakuko, Abule, Alagbado, Jankara, Ahmadiya, where the hoodlums are believed to have been harassing and robbing residents where they arrested five suspects.

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