Armed robbers invade major highways as police officers shun duty

Armed robbers invade major highways as police officers shun duty

- Armed robbers are reportedly unleashing mayhem on some Nigerian highways and roads

- This is as police officers continue to shun duty in a silent protest against Nigerians' hostility during EndSARS protest

- One of the affected roads is the Benin-Auchi expressway which armed robbers have reportedly invaded, attacking passengers and drivers

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With a large number of police officers still away from duty in what looks like an aftermath of the just concluded EndSARS violence, armed robbers have reportedly taken over some major roads and highways.

According to Daily Trust, the popular Benin-Auchi expressway has been cordoned off by armed men wading dangerous weapons and robbing drivers and passengers of their belongings.

Many drivers, gathers, have lamented that the road was no longer safe for anyone with the armed robbers mounting roadblocks.

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One of the victims recounted that the criminal elements robbed those who could not escape around Obagie-Okhuo community for over three hours without any resistance.

Police Absence: Robbers Take Over Benin-Auchi Road, Target Bank Customers
Armed robbers now take over major roads as police shun duty. Photo credit: CFR
Source: UGC

People coming from banks are also reportedly targeted by the armed men who continue to take advantage of the officers' absence to perpetrate evils.

Another driver said:

“We are all afraid of using the road these days because we don’t know when the armed robbers will strike.
“And any time one goes to Auchi or Ekpoma from Benin and come back safely without armed robbery attack, you will have to thank God."

It would be recalled that police officers have continued to shun duties following an assault on their colleagues and police stations during the EndSARS demonstration.

Mohammed Adamu, the inspector general of police, had said 22 police personnel were killed across the country during the protests which also left many properties of government and private individuals vandalised.

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Meanwhile, reported that the governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, promised police officers killed during the violence that trailed the #ENDSARS protests would not die in vain.

This is as Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday, October 28, directed the Lagos State Scholarship Board to award scholarships to their children up to the university level.

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