Lockdown: Residents turn vigilantes as hoodlums raid Ogun, Lagos communities

Following incidents of robbery in some communities in Lagos and Ogun states, residents of the affected areas have resorted to keeping watch all night in a bid to guard against hoodlums.

PUNCH Metro reports that hoodlums took advantage of the current lockdown in both states occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic to rob them of their valuables and rape their wives and daughters in border communities in both states.

Residents have therefore moved to forestall further incidents by working with vigilante group to watch over the communities.

A landlord in the Aiyede community of the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, Rasaq Abejoye, told PUNCH Metro the hoodlums attacked residents of Ifo between Wednesday and Saturday, adding that neighbouring communities had to beef up security as a result.

He stated, “Some days ago, the hoodlums attacked and robbed residents of Ifo and they have been encroaching on the neighbouring communities also. These hoodlums have been using the lockdown to their advantage and have been dispossessing people of their valuables. My house is in Aiyede and what we did to keep our community safe was for us to become vigilantes.

In the Abule-Egba area of Lagos State, no fewer than 30 armed hoodlums were said to be robbing residents of their valuables.

Checkout Magazine learnt that that youths in the area, clashed with the hoodlums, which created tension in the area in order to counter attacks.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, has vowed to deal ruthlessly with criminals, who engaged in harassment, robberies, burglaries and cult clashes in the Agbado-Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo areas of the state.

Abiodun said this following the arrest of 150 suspects by the state police command in connection with the unrest in the areas.

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