Robbers Invade Mushin, Ra*es, Burns Vehicles, Destroys Another 30 & Steals Other Gadgets

Over 60 robbers operated in Mushin yesterday night, invading
8 streets and raping young ladies. For reasons known to them, they burnt two vehicles and destroyed 30 cars. The operation which started around 12am ended at
about 5am in the morning and the police never showed up. Some residents said the
most amazing part was that some of the thieves later came back an hour after, around
6am and robbed till 7am again. The police kept telling us they were on their
way, another one said. Below is how Punch reports the gory nightmare witnessed
by Mushin residents.

There were fears and tension in the Mushin area of Lagos
State on Monday morning after about 60 robbers operated on no fewer than eight
streets and destroyed about 30 vehicles.
Some residents told our correspondent that the robbers also
ra*ed some young ladies and operated unchallenged for about seven hours.
The hoodlums, who reportedly belonged to two cult groups –
Akala boys and Toheeb’s gang – ravaged New Balogun, Euba, Ayonuga, Tiamiyu,
Haruna, Ereko, Oyedele streets and Coker Lane.
A mosque on Coker Lane was not spared as the worshippers,
who slept in the mosque after a vigil, were robbed by the hoodlums.
One of the people in the mosque told PUNCH Metro that the
robbers fired bullets for over one hour before robbing from house-to-house.
He said, “It was around 12am on Monday morning that we
started hearing gunshots. It lasted for about an hour.
“Around 1am, they started going from house-to-house, robbing
the occupants. They stole about seven laptops from the house opposite this
mosque. They stole phones, money and everything they saw. They came inside the
mosque and took our phones and money. People were crying throughout the night.
It was terrible.”
Another witness said the robbers were not in a haste. He
said they robbed till 5am and came back at 6am to continue before leaving
around 7am.
Our correspondent observed that a generator was also removed
from its shed by the robbers. Vehicles parked on the streets were vandalised by
the robbers, just as two Toyota Hilus van were burnt.
Our correspondent counted 20 vehicles, but some residents
said about 10 damaged cars had been taken away by their owners for repairs.
Kasali Daramola, a driver who spoke while fighting back
tears, told our correspondent he owned one of the burnt vehicles.
He said, “This is the third time they will do this to me.
What have I done to them? The first was a Lexus car my younger brother bought
for me, which I was planning to sell to acquire a commercial bus to take care
of my four kids and wife. I sold the scrap for N30, 000. I used the money I
raised to get a bus and I was paying for it by installment. I have not finished
the payment when they destroyed it.”
Daramola said the men entered his house and some of the
ladies living there were ra*ed.
He said attempts to bring in the police were abortive as
they kept saying they were on their way without showing up.
A resident said, “For over five years now this area has not
known peace. Will the police say they cannot do anything about it? Around 7am that
policemen came here, they still saw some of those robbers around, but did not
do anything. Why? I believe the police know all the people causing trouble here
and if they want to do something, it doesn’t take them anything.”
Tosin Gbolahan, a resident, said a policeman attached to
Alakara Police Station was with the hoodlums on Monday morning.
He said the hoodlums took advantage of a carnival that was
held the previous night on Ojo Street to perpetrate the havoc.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command,
Ngozi Braide, said she would call back, but she had yet to do so as of press

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