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SOS! More residents flee Surulere as robbery attacks escalate

Months after InsideMainland reported the plight of residents of Sologun Street in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos Mainland, and how they live in fear due to spike in armed robbery in the area, the situation has gotten worse with more residents now fleeing their homes.

Recall that in August 2018, InsideMainland reported how notorious bandits barged into people’s homes in the neighbourhood to rob them of their valuables leaving residents in fear for their lives and properties.

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At the time, a victim who spoke to InsideMainland on condition of anonymity narrated how the robbers operate in the axis brazenly saying the bandits often carry out the act when residents are fast asleep. “Never in my life have I experienced such. It has left me completely disoriented. I became a victim early Monday morning around 2:30 – 3:00 am. The guys tried knocking my entrance door down. They kicked the door like five times despite my screaming for help and wedging the door with chairs,” the victim said.

The source added that; “I have lived on Sologun Street for the past five years and the attacks by robbers at night is incessantly scary. Houses are robbed with reckless abandon. The attack on my residence left incurable scars on me and my young family.”

However, InsideMainland can report that months after the incident was first reported, the situation has gotten worse.

Presently, the robbers have extended their activities to other houses on Sologun Street and adjoining streets where they rob unsuspecting residents who have become victims.

Sources disclosed that the development has left most of the residents terrified as the relevant authorities are yet to take action.

“I can tell you that houses on surrounding streets have also been robbed with occupants parking out in fear. People are terrified to sleep at night because of these boys and nothing seems to be done,” a source told InsideMainland.

The source added that; “This is getting out of hand. There is a SARS unit close by at Sanya Police station but they simply do nothing at night and hardly react swiftly to SOS calls. It is terrible.”

Also speaking, another resident, Alhaji Akeem Babalola said; “Before now, the SARS Unit was functional but mostly use the opportunity to harass youths and conduct illegal raid around the area. They have been ineffective since the ENDSars reforms and you barely see them around the area where they usually station their operational vehicles.”

Meanwhile, another resident who craved anonymity told InsideMainland that the community development association is non-active as little has been done to fortify security in the axis.

Efforts to get the spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Chike Oti, for comments proved futile as at press time.



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