By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Correspondent, Lagos/
LAGOS- RESIDENTS of Lawason, a thickly populated community in Surulere, Lagos are currently squealing under the firm grips of armed hoodlums terrorizing innocent and hapless persons in the area.
The armed gang who sources said openly operate between the hours of 6.00am to 7.30 am and 8.00pm daily, brazenly attack both residents and commuters alike, dispossessing them of their hard earned money including other vital valuables unchallenged.
According to sources, most of these armed gang were known faces in the area, some of who were members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Lawanson branch; adding that they openly brandish dangerous weapons like short battle axes, locally fabricated pistol and smoking weeds and other harmful drugs even as they rob and dispossess law abiding victims of their valuables.
A resident who craved anonymity for fear of being hound down, said the community especially, traders and shop owners at the Lawason bus stop along Itire road had made countless complaints to the local Police without any visible action. He said, “What I think is that these robbers are well known to some of the Police at Area ‘C ‘ command and even Itire Division because we have reported cases of robbery and attacks to them without them taken action.
We have even made oral complaints to RRS and Lagos Taskforce but nothing had been done. As I speak to you now, if you go there, they are harassing shop owners, attacking commuters and anybody they feel is well dressed and suspected to be with some money. They normally converge at the front of the filling station beside the Union Bank along the road, smoking weeds and other dangerous psychotropic substances. You dare not challenge them.
Continuing, the anonymous respondent said, “We are tired. How can some armed hoodlums be openly robbing innocent commuters and shop owners unchallenged in a state where there is law and order and where we have law enforcement agents? We are using this medium to cry out, perhaps they would listen to us and come to our aids after reading this because you dare not challenge this people as they have become laws unto themselves. We hear RSS and Taskforce raid areas like Oshodi and Agege on regular basis, how come they would not come to Lawanson and Itire road?”
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