Some communities in Ojo local government area of Lagos state are now experiencing deep fears as hoodlums and robbers now terrorize them Every night.
The communities of Salami, Palo, Ketu , Iyana Isachi and environs of Ajamgbndi, Afro Media all in Ojo local government area now sleep with their two eyes open.
The residents of these areas in Lagos now keep Virgil by forming vigilante groups just to guard against any form of robbery from the marauding hoodlums.
For four days in a role, including last night April 14, residents were deprived of sleep as a result of another robbery incidents at Salami street off Afromedia.
A resident who spoke to NAIJA CENTER, confirmed the robbery the incidents saying that it is now a recurring decimal in this areas.”It’s not only today, they have been disturbing us in this area for days now especially since the beginning of the lockdown . We now keep Virgil every night just to support the vigilantes in the area,” he said.
“They come and break into homes between 1am-3am and cart away valuables, including phones, laptops and if they see any cash they take away, it is very bad.”
Just as the resident noted, NAIJA CENTER understands that robbery incidents have increased in Lagos metropolis since the lockdown order by President Muhammad Buhari due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It would be recalled that President Buhari had on March 29 ordered a two weeks movement restriction in Lagos, Ogun as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja in order to curtail the spread of the virus.
The President again on Monday, 13 April extended the lockdown for another two weeks due to the increase in positive cases across the federation.
As at Wednesday Morning 15rh April, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) has confirmed 373 Coronavirus cases, with eleven deaths across 19 states, including the FCT.
when NAIJA CENTER correspondent sort to know the link between the surge in robbery and the COVID-19 pandemic vis a vis, the lockdown, it was discovered that there is a strong link.
A Lawyer and Social Affairs commentator who is also a resident in this area, noted that the link between the rise in robbery and the lockdown is strong.While speaking with out correspondent, although on condition of anonymity, he said: “Many Nigerians live on daily income, that should be noted. With the lockdown and no Cushing effects in palliative, hoe do you expect this group of people to survive? Have you asked the question, where are those Agberos(Members of National Union Of Road Transport Workers, NURTW) that usually collect money from bus and motorcycles riders on our road? These people depend on daily collections to survive.
“Where have they give to? Of course, they are now in the streets looking for survival. And these boys have traits of robbery in them. Don’t you see how they charge St drivers on the road? Or I’d it the businesses that have been shut down?
Those that will not be paid for April, some where not even paid in March, some Nigerians have even lost their jobs.
When NAIJA CENTER asked for possible solution, he continued saying that: “The government needs to do more. I mean the federal government, President Buhari should do more than just ordering a fresh lockdown.
There should be adequate palliative. And beyond that, security agents should brace up in these areas. You can’t stop these robbers with a lip gloss approach. They need to do more. To be at home, residents must feel safe,” he said.