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Commuters lament spike in robbery incidents along Ikorodu road

Commuters along the Ketu-Ikorodu Expressway, Lagos Mainland, have decried the high crime rates and robbery attacks in the area, urging security operatives to be alive to their responsibilities by guaranteeing the security of lives and property of citizens.

In recent time, Ketu, Owode to Ikorodu road, have become notorious for nefarious activities by criminals, The Point reports.

According to a motorist who spoke on the condition of anonymity, crime became a common phenomenon in the area shortly before last Christmas. In addition, it was gathered that many people had been harmed by hoodlums.

It was reported that the armed bandits said they were not robbing but collecting their shares from their victims.

Another victim who was attacked in his Lexus 330 Sport Utility Vehicle, Emeka Ogadinma, lamented that the robbers humiliated him and his family members.

In his words; “We were returning from our village in Orlu, Imo State. My car developed a fault at Ore area (Ondo State) and we took time to repair the vehicle. We left Ore around 7pm. When we got to Ikorodu, it was around 10:30pm. There was gridlock; I didn’t even know the cause. Suddenly, we saw some hoodlums who brandished cutlasses, daggers, iron rods, smashing windscreens and robbing. “They injured many people. I was helpless. If I had been alone, I would have escaped from the vehicle but there was nothing I could do as my wife and children were in the vehicle.

“I brought out the money left on me and my handset and told my wife and kids to surrender theirs too. I called the robbers and handed over the four handsets to them with N50, 000 so they spared us. Throughout the period, police did not show up. People have bitter experience on the road nowadays.”

Also speaking, another victim who drives a danfo bus, Timileyin Adewole, described his first experience with armed robbers as horrible. Since over 20 years of his experience in driving, he said he never had a bad day as he did recently. According to him, the hoodlums smashed the windscreen of his vehicle and attacked his conductor with cutlass for arguing with them over money.

“They ordered me to surrender the money on me to them. I told my conductor to give it to them but he was arguing with them. They hit him with machetes, collected the money and took to their heels. My bus was damaged and my conductor is still in the hospital. He has a deep cut on his head. It is sad that, every day, armed robbers operate on Ikorodu Road and rob people but you will not see the police,” he lamented.

These horrific incidents have led to a cry from residents and motorists who ply the axis daily to the relevant security agencies to take prompt action in securing lives and properties.

Reacting to the development, a police sergeant attached to Ketu Police Station, who did not want his name in print, said; “The police is not to blame. When we shoot at criminals, journalists would report that police killed innocent persons. Now you can see where that is leading us.”

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