Lagos - A 30-man gang of armed robbers invaded three communities in Abule-Egba area of Lagos in the early hours of Monday, carting away valuable property and inflicting injuries on their victims.
Some residents of Abule Egba, along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, told media on Monday that the robbers came at about 2 a.m. and operated for one hour.
The residents said the gang brandished locally-made guns, cutlasses and axes, which they used in forcing their way into apartments.
They said the robbers carted away at least 32 mobile telephones, jewelleries, a Plasma Television set, two laptops and N350, 000 cash.
Wasiu Saka, a resident of one of the communities, said his flat was the first of the eight flats they broke into in the building.
"I was asleep when I heard a loud noise in the main entrance as two of the robbers forced their way into my flat.
"They beat my three-year-old daughter and threatened to leave with my four-year-old son if I did not give them money," Saka said.
He said one of the robbers hit him on the face with his leg, collected three telephones, and N1, 000, before they went to the next apartment.
"While at my neighbour’s apartment, they collected N6, 500, two mobile telephones, beat him and used a cutlass to inflict a deep cut on his head and leg.
"We had to rush him to the hospital," he said.
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Another resident, Israel Okafor, whose laptop and mobile telephones were stolen, said he woke up when he heard noise from the opposite building.
Another resident, Gbenga Adeyemi, said about eight of the robbers entered five flats in his building and went away with about 17 mobile telephones, N150,000, jewelleries and a new laptop worth about N74, 000.
Also affected was Olasunkanmi Ganiyu, who said the robbers entered his house through the window as they could not gain access through the door.
"I had opened the door slightly but noticed a gun pointed at me. I immediately shut the door to prevent them from gaining access.
"Some of them went round the building, pulled off my window and again pointed a gun at me and my daughter.
"They collected my telephones and N12, 000," Ganiyu said.
Adejare Oladele, the Secretary of the Security Committee, Zone II, Abule-Egba, told media personnel that the incident was unfortunate.
"The head of the security guard called me around 2.30 a.m., to say about 30 armed robbers had invaded the community, and that he had called the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO).
"I immediately called the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Oke-Oba Police Division and within a short time, reinforcement came from four other divisions, including Dopemu and Alakuko."
Adejare said members of the Community’s Security Committee had summoned a meeting to review the security situation in the area.