These are not the best of times for residents in Aguda Surulere and its environs, following the sudden increase in armed robbery attacks recently.
The escalation of these robbery incidents has become a source of worry to most residents who are alleging that security agencies are failing in their duties of protecting lives and properties in the community as robbers keep invading their community.
According to one of the distressed residents, Olukayode, Bayo, these dangerous hoodlums raid houses between 2 am till 4 am robbing and traumatising innocent residents living. The recent attack was at Adetola Street, heading towards Cele Bus Stop.
Nigeriacrime.com learned that the raids and attacks which started a few months ago have been consistent over the past few days.
Recounting her ordeal, a resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity said “I experienced it when I lived at Iron Avenue off Adetola. Robbers visited our compound twice then before I moved out. Those boys are so vicious.
Another victim said “I was a victim two months ago. I was attacked and robbed in broad daylight. I went to the police station, gave my statement, then visited my flat. Unfortunately till now, nothing, the situation has not improved. When incidents are reported police don’t take them seriously until after the incident. What then is the purpose of security when one cannot live comfortably in the hood. What they focus mostly is how to extort.”
Calling on the Lagos state police command a resident Taofik Shittu said the police need to tackle the menace before something unfortunate happens. It is time to press for the community, council, and state police in appropriate numbers.”
Reacting to the outcry, the spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command SP Benjamin Hundeyin said “I just confirmed from the Divisional Police Officer Aguda that not one person has reported these alleged incidents. People need to learn to channel their complaints appropriately to real police stations. If the alleged incidents had been reported, the DPO would have mapped out strategies to forestall its perpetuation, including improved patrols. No DPO would want to risk sanctions by ignoring such weighty complaints.