There is unease and panic among residents of Ogba, Ejigbo, Fagba and Meiran communities on the Lagos Mainland as the dreaded 1 Million Boys continue to provoke terror in the neighbourhood almost unchecked.
The nightly attacks continue unhindered despite assurances of increased security response by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Lagos State Police Command.
According to the residents, the hoodlums who attack their victims in large numbers, are mostly teenagers who took advantage of the continuous lockdown in the wake of the COVID9 pandemic to wreak havoc.
In the last few days, residents in Orimolade, Ajayi Road, College Road, Kayode, Haruna among other communities in Ogba shared their anxieties and fear as the hoodlums become almost unstoppable.
The story is the same in the neighbouring communities such as Fagba, Meiran, Ejigbo, Egbeda, Mushin, Isolo, Ojodu, and Alimoso, the highly populated suburbs in Lagos Mainland.
Narrating events that occurred overnight along the Kayode end of Ogba, Lagos Mainland, a resident who craved anonymity said they resorted to self-help, keeping vigil to ward off attempts by the hoodlums to attack them in the dead of night.
Speaking to InsideMainland, the source said; “We were already indoors in my apartment. I was jolted to reality by continuous bangs on the main gate around 12:00am. I was shocked, so I immediately switched off all the lights in my apartment. The blows on the gate continued followed by screeching sounds of cutlasses.
“I rushed to alert my cousin, who was in another room so he can be alert. After a while, there was little silence, and we heard the bangs a second time. This time, it was so heavy that I felt they were at my door. I made efforts to call my neighbour who picked at the third dial.”
Speaking further, the resident said; “We were able to reach the leader of the CDA group who quickly alerted the vigilante team securing the area. We gathered that the security team were patrolling the other end of the street when the hoodlums invaded.
“The gallant vigilante team restored calmness to the area, but we had to hold vigil all night. I struggled to find sleep because I was traumatised at a point.”
Also speaking, a resident along the popular Jojo end of Obawole, Ifako Ijaiye Lagos Mainland told InsideMainland the area is usually a shadow of itself as nightfall approaches.
“These days by 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, our area becomes as silent as a graveyard as stores businesses hurriedly close for the day. For almost a week now, all you hear is the noise of banging cutlasses and different bonfires to send warning signals to the criminals. The vigilante boys securing the area now should be up to 100,” the resident told InsideMainland.
Similarly, residents of Ejigbo and Isolo communities have resolved they can only sleep with one eye closed due to the continuous attacks by hoodlums.
Sharing details with InsideMainland, a resident of Ejigbo community stated that youths in the community have decided to secure the areas themselves.
“These days, residents, especially boys from the street now burn tyres at every junction at night. They mount bonfire at strategic locations around the streets wielding cutlasses and other weapons to protect us against the hoodlums who may attack at any time,” the resident told InsideMainland.
Meanwhile, a top Lagos Police source told InsideMainland that the Police is on top of the situation and is working assiduously to tackle the situation.