Residents of Lagos are lamenting alarming cases of traffic robbery in the state.
Some residents who spoke with our correspondents said traffic robbers have taken some major roads in the state, especially as police officers appear not be active with their duties since after the #EndSARS protest last year.
A resident who was robbed on Tuesday at Lagos Ibadan expressway around 7up/Olusosun dumping site, Adebayo Adeleke, said police operatives and men of FRSC, were watching without any help while he was being robbed in his car.
“I was robbed in a slow traffic by hoodlums who held acid in a container and threatened to splash my face with it,” he said.
On how it happened, Adeleke said, “While I was moving slowly with other vehicles, two hoodlums accosted me. One put his hands inside my car and threatened to splash the acid in his hand at me.
“I initially wanted to call his threats bluff, thinking the were mere touts but when I saw the liquid substance with him, I started begging while my car keep moving gradually. When he realised I was not stopping, he ordered me to surrender all the money with me which I quickly did to avoid having my splashed with the acid.
“My utmost surprise was that police and FRSC were beside my car at the right while the hoodlums were operating at the left without any fear.
“Immediately they lef, I notice them jumping at another car behind me”.
Another resident, Ademola Shittu, also recounted his ordeal in the hands of the hoodlums at the same spot in Lagos.
According to him, the traffic robbers had dominated the express road between Olusosun dumping site and Alapere bus stop.
“That place is not safe nowadays. When you drive in that route make sure you roll your glass up. There was a day my vehicle broke down in that area and I was attacked with a machete when I tried to come down from the car. As I ran for my life, several parts of the car were removed before I could secure the police and people’s attention. I later landed in the hospital the same night for treatment.
Meanwhile, The Lagos Police Public Relation Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said police operatives would intensify efforts to make reported areas with high crime in the state safe.