Armed gangs terrorize Lagos, Ogun communities

Obinwannem News Armed gangs terrorize Lagos, Ogun communities

In the past few days, armed gangs have commandeered the lockdown directive of the Presidency to curb the spread of Coronavirus, breaking into and invading houses, shops, and unleashing mayhem.

The hoodlums, said to be members of robbery/cult gangs, known as Awawa Boys and One Million Boys, subject residents and shop owners to untold measures of harassment and intimidation after which they cart away valuables and large sums of money.

The affected areas include Meiran, iju-Ishaga, Alagbado, Anike-Egba, Sango, Agege-Pen Cinema, Iyana-Ipaja area and Gowon Estate.

Their attacks, however, were stalled by members of the Oodua People’s Congress(OPC) and youths, who confronted them with help from the local vigilante groups.

Meanwhile, a Police spokesperson, Frank Mba said on Monday that additional units will be deployed to Lagos and Ogun immediately ”to effectively tackle all emerging crimes associated with the COVID-19 lockdown”.

Mba further noted that the order from the Inspector General of Police will also ensure heightened security around residential areas, markets, malls and critical infrastructure.

“They are also to intensify patrols around residential areas, markets, shopping malls and all critical national infrastructures in their jurisdictions,” he said.

Nigeria has recorded 10 COVID-19-related deaths so far; another 13 and 2 new cases in Lagos and Ogun respectively, adding to a total 343 number of confirmed cases in the country.

Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News

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