residents of Tella Estate in the Akobo area of Ibadan, Oyo State, on
Saturday in a reportedly coordinated operation that lasted several
arrived at the residential estate a few minutes after 12am and raided
one house after another, carting away valuable items belonging to the
at the scene of the raid, while a private guard, identified simply as
Victor, received machete cuts to his head from the suspected robbers.
have, the robbers have been in the community since midnight. I was not
aware until around 2am when a fellow landlord called me on the telephone
to inform me about the attack.
of the incident in the community. It was then that I became aware that
they had attacked seven houses. They carted away mobile phones, laptops,
iPad and other valuables. They collected money from their victims.
Akobo Police Station around 10am on Saturday and we were given a police
officer to inspect the damage the robbers did to our people. Though we
couldn’t get the police at the period of the attack, we have been given
numbers to dial in case we have such experience again.”
condition of anonymity, said the armed robbers wore masks, adding that
after he gave them everything he had, they threatened to kill him if he
did not give them more. He added that his wife was hit with the butt of a
gun by one of the robbers.
window’s burglar-proof bars when my wife woke up. She told them that she
would open the door and she did so. We gave them all the money we had
so that they would not harm us. But they told me to bring more money or
they would kill me. I said there was no money and they pointed their gun
at me, but my wife confronted them and she was hit with a gun butt. She
is in a hospital now.”
State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said nobody made any distress
call to the police while the attack lasted despite the fact that police
authorities released telephone numbers to every community in the state.
2pm on Saturday, adding that the Divisional Police Officer in the area
had been told to ensure the patrol of the area. He said investigation