15th July, 2011
Following the invasion of Ibeju-Lekki and its environs in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, by armed robbers, the Olutedo of Iwerekun, Oba Tajudeen Elemoro, has appealed to the police authorities to come to the rescue of the community.
The monarch, told Lagos Bulletin that the armed robbers, who have been operating in the area for more than four months now, are suspected thugs working for land speculators, whose activities had been stopped by the community.
The monarch said that apart from is domain, Iwerekun, other communities in Ibeju-Lekki, namely, Ibeju, Orimedu, Lekki, and Ise, are not spared by the men of the underworld.
The monarch said: â€œThis is what we have never witnessed in these communities, even before we were born; I have been having series of reports about these robbers. They came in as land grabbers, and invaded a village called Okolomi, taking peopleâ€™s lands; we arrested some of the thugs working for the land grabber.
â€œThe next thing was that these thugs started burgling peopleâ€™s homes, and this has been on for almost three months now. We reported the matter to the police and we are happy that policemen in these communities are doing their best but their effort is limited because of lack of tools to work with.â€
The monarch said that as part of the communityâ€™s complementary efforts, the people have employed local security guards but the robberies have not abated.
The monarch, therefore, called on the police authorities to post more men and equipment to the area to end the armed robbersâ€™ activities.
A police source confirmed this story, adding that some robbers have been arrested in the area and are being interrogated at the State Criminal Investigation Department,SCID, Panti, Yaba.