Landlords, residents and business owners have complained about the growing threats from gangsters in various areas in Abule Egba Joint Community Development Association, Abule Egba, in the Agbado Oke Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro found that the gangsters, lurking in the community, had attacked and robbed residents and businessmen who were on their way to work in the morning and returning home in the evening.
A resident of the community, Olajide Falowo, said everything in the community was no longer safe from 7pm, adding that the mobsters were working at will.
Falowo said, ‘We are in distress. Moving from Abule-Egba to Ahmadiya to Ile Epo is no longer safe at night. Hoodlums now seize phones and rob commuters and motorists of their belongings. I can tell you right now that if it is 7pm it is not safe to go to the main road to withdraw money.”
Another resident, speaking to our correspondent while requesting anonymity for security reasons, described a landfill around the Ile-Epo bus stop as a flashpoint for criminal activity in the area.
He said: “That’s another dangerous place where you see anxious looking men who are usually there. If you stay long they will attack you and once they have snatched your stuff they jump in the dump and escape.”
Residents also complained of regular accidents along the Abule Egba-Kola corridor, noting that the accidents were mostly caused by motorists driving against traffic due to the bad road entering Sango-Ota.
One resident, who simply identified himself as Olaniyi, said: “We have lost a lot of people to the one-way threat. There is a man close to me whose leg was nearly amputated if not for timely intervention. He was hit by a commercial bus driver. Another woman was also knocked down when she came out of church. She died instantly.”
CDA chairman Rotimi Olaide said: “When we make a complaint to the police, they come by for a week or two and then they relax. We want the police authorities to monitor the activities of the agents sent to the area.”
State Police Public Relations Officer Benjamin Hundeyin got in touch and said: “Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will inform the Police Commissioner Abiodun Alabi.”