Lagos robbery gang returns


•Raid Berger/Trinity residents

By our reporter

There are strong indications that some members of the dreaded one-million-boys gang, who went underground after massive police onslaught that led to the arrest of more than 400 of them a few months ago, may have resurfaced. Sunday Sun gathered that in the past two weeks some robbers suspected to be members of the gang have laid siege to some streets around Peoples/Berger area of Ajeromi/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State.

They robbed with impunity, according to residents. Streets worse hit in the resurgence of the criminals are George Street and Palace Road. For instance, on George Street, the robbers struck repeatedly within days. They robbed residents of house No.1 two weeks ago and few days later, precisely on Thursday, November 29, they stormed No. 51, Palace Road. And just four days later, on December 2, revisited No 3, George Street. The attack on No. 3, George Street was the second.

On the same street, they also recently robbed houses No. 8 and 4. A resident of No. 1, Mr, Chuks Ezekiel, who recounted the incident to Sunday Sun, stated that on the fateful day, the robbers came around 4 a.m. and robbed five people, dispossessing them of money and cell phones. He added that they came in a group of five armed with guns. Ezekiel, who said he had lived on the street for 10 years, lamented the situation, saying it was an ugly development. “They robbed about five people downstairs and this is the first time such a thing was happening since I started living here,” he said.

A female victim in the attacked one-storey building, who gave her name simply as Mrs. Okeke, said the robbers came to her apartment with torchlight and demanded money from her at gunpoint. “I told them I didn’t have any money. They asked for my phone and I showed it to them and they collected it,” she said, adding that her kids were in the house when the robbers came, but no one was harmed. According to her, the robbers went from one apartment to another, but left “when they felt that everybody was at alert”. On the impact of the incident on residents, she said, “we are now protecting ourselves with prayers” before we go to bed. Also speaking on the robbery menace, a resident of No.3, Mr. Anyaso Ernest, who was also a victim when the house was attacked at 3 a.m., said he lost a phone with two SIM cards and a wallet with his identity card, among other documents.

He said his brother, who came visiting from Delta State, was also robbed. “My brother who came from Warri on Saturday evening was robbed of his handset and wallet containing N5,500,” said Ernest, who was a former executive member of Residents Association. Another female victim, who preferred anonymity, said because she was nursing a baby, her husband pleaded profusely that the robbers should have pity on them. The robbers were said to have gained access to the upper floor by climbing the handrail because the staircase on the ground floor had been fortified with iron-gate after the residents’ first experience. At No.51, Palace Road, the robbers were more brutal, beating some residents and tying up others. They robbed three apartments, according to the residents.

The robbers numbering four were said to have made straight for the middle floor on gaining access into the building where they tied up the occupants, threatening to kill them if they failed to surrender their money. Head of the family, one Chief Gilbert Ekwueme, later succumbed to their demand and allegedly gave them about N800,000. The robbers also carted away two laptops, five blackberries and two other phones as well as some recharge cards belonging to Ekwueme’s wife. The couple was locked up in their apartment before the hoodlums moved to the second floor and attacked the occupants. One Pastor Joy and her husband were beaten mercilessly when they denied having any money at home. Unable to bear the torture, Joy was said to have surrendered about N30,000 church money with her, while the robbers also collected their phones.

“The woman said later that she could not withstand the beating,” recounted a tenant who gave his name as Abraham Ajaka, secretary of Palace Road/Cemetery Landlord and Tenants Association. Not done, the robbers were said to have moved to the boys’ quarter section of the building where one Henry Dede lives and allegedly made away with about N120,000 from the man and his wife. Following the ugly development, it was gathered that residents in these areas and environs now live in fear.

However, according to the residents, they have come up with some security arrangements to checkmate the criminals. They disclosed that the matter had been reported at nearby Trinity Police Division and some security strategies had been put in place. In fact, it was gathered that 30 minutes after the Palace Road robbery, policemen from the division raced to the scene after a belated distress call, but the robbers had disappeared into the night when they arrived. “The police asked us what happened, and after narrating our ordeal to them, they left.

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  2. Can you imagine the name our Police gave them “The dreaded one-million-boys gang”, in affirmation that they know them! Meanwhile, without them, “The Police will be out of job as they are partners in progress”.

  3. The resident of the area should form a vigilant group to protect themselves becouse if they rely on police they will be disappointed . Nigerian security apparatus is a failure.

  4. Have you forget that all okada rider that have been ban in some part of lagos state without alternative we surely find another means………..

    • Okada was not banned from all parts of Lagos. It is just an excuse. Besides, the robbers are probably from SE. They use Okada ban as a coverup.

      • You gideon are an idiot and a stupid person. Are truly convinced in what you wrote, if not that you bastards are always looking for ways to insult Igbo people.

  5. Chai! I can’t stop laughing. Igbo targeting his brother in d dead of d night and rob him of his belongings? What a shame! Afta dat they wil go home and be claiming 2 their people as Lagos based biz men. Dat they ar importers/exporters. Rubbish tribes wit dog heart, unless Yorubas send dem packing if nt they would continue 2 rubbish yorubas of their cultural heritage wit their evil,robbery,kidnapp,ritual,nd other social vices mind. Thank Allah they can’t try dat in d North b4 we use their skul 2 drink water. Hahahahahahaha


    • What north are you talking about mustapha? Is it the one on her belly crawling in the dust of destruction and poverty? What about your sharia cutting people’s hand for stealing? So there are thieves in your folds. What about your chief thieves you call your governors? Why do you marry young children and call them wives? What does it make you people in the north/? It makes you pedophiles, rapists, killers of destiny, destitute turnovers, perpetual beggars, etc. Was it not the northern presidents that were burying cows in aso rock? Is it not rituals.Your boko haram has kidnapped and killed many Nigerians, they have robbed so many banks too. So why are you not using their skulls to drink your kwaya tablets. Nonentity like you want raise your ugly voice, idiot.

  6. let thunder strike you and your generation and generations to come gideon for making that statement may you not live to see tomorrow !!!

  7. There has never been a robber,that is not apprehend at last,then they wil look sober and ask for forgiveness,i pray that ,these set wil have accident while travelling home for christmas in Jesus name,may they not enjoy their loot,as it wil be a curse to their destruction in Jesus name.GBAM!!! Ise,Amin

  8. Why is SUN so unprofessiona releasing their names and house numbers? You could just write a story and not mention house numbers and leave names out by saying …Another resident on george’s street…… yet another on same street…. andt at…street. What if they go back and give them a bloody nose or even kill some of them? Please stop compromising the security of Nigerians.

  9. Mustapha you are a stupid man. Are ibos the one million boys terrorizing lagos state. U dont have information, u just open your mouth like a fool that u are and talk rubbish. Tell me, what could be worse than boko haram in this country.
    Back to the topic of the day, the commissioner of police, lagos state should equip his boys so that they can combat this evil boys called armed robbers.

  10. LAGOS Nigeria police only know how to arrest OKADA as there criminal forgotten that they suppose to arrest armed robbers

    story once upon the time lagos police know how to crack there gun when they see an okada man BUT they say police robber are robbing they will not go there until everything is over they will go the scene begin to arrest innocent nigeria whos strugle 4 their life BEWARE OF REVOLUTION

  11. @ gideon, may you become deaf & dumb before the end of this year, so that you will neither hear nor have the mouth to vomit fallacy ever again in your life…idiot!

  12. The Lagosians must organize vigilante groups and hunt down all armed robbers in Lagos once and for all. It is sad that innocent people have to worry daily about their survival and safety under the civilian regime.

  13. did the people robbed say that the robbers spoke igbo during their operations. Why did the police come after the operation. Those acusing the igbo should read the paper again. Igbos were robbed and not the other way. I could be mustapher brothers who are street beggers.

  14. It is very sad to see how these greedy and criminal politicians have used 99% of our security outfits to form baricades around their loots, while they left only 1% to watch over the teaming masses, @ MUSTAPHA and others who are trading blames should forget such notions of being IGBO OR HAUSA, our problems are these rogues in the corridors of power who have denied the energetic youth of JOB, AND ENABLING ENVIROMENT. God bless Nigeria.

  15. @mitchel,pls don’t defend your people about this because Robbery is one of the IBO proffessions no doubt.In any robbery business Ibo people must be shareholder and they will have 90% interest in the business.

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