Lagos - Motorists stuck in traffic congestion on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway were attacked and robbed by suspected hoodlums, Punch reports.
Motorists said gunmen attacked them as the gridlock intensified due to the rehabilitation of the road by Julius Berger Plc.
Some victims said the robbers attacked Lagos-bound vehicles held up in the traffic and stole phones and money, among other valuables.
A motorist, Aborishade Osanyin, said the hoodlums operated at about 8pm on Sunday.
He said, “They targeted exotic cars in the traffic. They harassed the owners and collected their valuables.
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“The robbers are suspected to be hoodlums hiding under the Kara Bridge. Some motorists managed to reach the police, but the robbers had a field day for about 20 minutes.”
A commuter, who did not identify himself, described how the robbers operated.
“Some of them wore masks and had guns. They took the side of the long bridge where Julius Berger is rehabilitating and attacked vehicles in the gridlock. They shot into the air as they moved from one vehicle to the other. It was scary; some people jumped out of their vehicles and ran away,” he said.
The commuter said when policemen, who had received information on the robbery, arrived at the scene, they started shooting into the air to scare off the robbers according to Information.
He said the hoodlums escaped into the surrounding bushes.
- News 24