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Robbers storm Isolo community, vandalize properties worth millions

About 20 vehicles were vandalised at Ilori Street in Ire-Akari, Isolo, Lagos Mainland after suspected armed robbers invaded the area at about 2:00 am on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

It was gathered that the robbers, said to be armed with guns and cutlasses, scaled the street’s fence and tied up the security guard. They were said to have proceeded from compound to compound, vandalising vehicles and carting away valuables.

According to resident of the area who narrated the incident to Nation, “at least 13 vehicles were vandalised on the street. They carried out the act between 2: 00 am and 3: 00 am. Most of the vehicles vandalised were Toyota and Lexus. The criminals took brain boxes, dashboards, stereo and CD sets or reverse cameras.

“They also damaged the door handles and took the censors away. We did not know until morning. The robbery surprised us because it is the first time this is happening here. We went to Ire-Akari Police Station to report. The security man was invited for questioning but he was later released. He said the robbers tied him up when they jumped the fence.”

Also, a hairdresser who refused to named told Nation that the residents were suspecting insider connivance. She said some believed that the night guard might have connived with the robbers, considering that he did not raise the alarm after the robbers left.

“The guard only comes at night. The residents are suspecting he might have worked with the robbers because he did not alert them. It was when they woke up in the morning that people saw their damaged vehicles. Some of the vehicles were parked on the street, others were parked inside compound. I do not know where the vehicles are now. I do not live on the street,” the source said.

Commenting on the incident, the Lagos police spokesman Chike Oti, said the command was investigating a case of conspiracy between security men attached to Ilori Street gate and hoodlums who invaded, adding that some arrests have been and investigation was currently ongoing.

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