By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
A seven-man gang of armed robbers in the early hours of Sunday attacked the Fajuyi Housing Estate along Ilawe Road, Ado-Ekiti, robbing six houses in a row in operation that lasted several hours.
The robbers carted away huge sums and property worth millions of Naira after unleashing terror on the victims.
The Chairman of the Community Development Association in the area, Mr. Ayo Orebe, said the robbers stormed the estate around midnight. “It was around 12:30 am that one of the victims was rushed to my place to recall the ordeal he went through with the armed men.
He said he was at home with his family, a two-year-old kid and his wife when the robbers broke into his apartment, demanding for money and other personal effects.
“He said he would have put up a fight but they put a gun to his first son of barely two years old and that humbled him.
The man said by the time the robbers left, they had taken away his money, phones, laptops and jewellery worth thousands of Naira.” Orebe said the police arrived ten minutes after placing a distress call to them but could not find the robbers.
“I think the fact that they were blaring their siren till they got here put the thieves on guard because the police came, combed almost everywhere in the area before they left. But they did not see any of the robbers.
But not long after they left, about five other residents in the neighbourhood, including a player with Ekiti United Football Club, rushed out one after the other to report that the robbers just finished robbing them.
“They said the armed men took away their phones, laptops, computers, and lots of money among others. The victims said they threatened to shoot their children if they failed to produce their belongings and so they had to surrender.
“When these people kept coming out to report, we called back the policemen but they still didn’t get the thieves when they came back.”
Orebe urged the police to provide security for the community. “The former state government had helped to construct a police post building for us in the estate but there has yet to be police personnel in the office since six or more months ago that the place was completed.
“Had it been we had the police that close to us, the robbers would probably have been apprehended, ” he said.
When WESTERN POST contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Albert Adeyemi, he confirmed the robbery incident. He said, “It is true that the place was attacked and once alerted, our men got there on time to secure the place.
“About the police building the people said government had built for them, we are working assiduously on getting the place equipped and staffed, it is just some logistics problem which would soon be over and we will move into the area to secure it well”.