- Armed robbers have sacked some residents of the Ibadan community from their homes
- The affected communities are Ogunde, Arijo, Isatola, Wajawaja communities in the Apete area of Ido local government of Ibadan, Oyo state
- Having experienced the attacks from the men of the underworld since Monday, April 12, the residents chose to abandon their residences for fear of continued attacks
Some residents of communities in Apete in the Ido local government area of Ibadan, Oyo state capital have fled their homes as a result of incessant attacks by armed robbers.
Legit.ng's regional reporter, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the affected communities are Ogunde, Arijo, Isatola, Wajawaja, Tapa, Olomo and others in the Apete area of Ibadan.
The residents disclosed that a gang of armed robbers had been terrorising the communities since Monday, April 12.
Some residents who spoke with Legit.ng on condition of anonymity reported that the armed robbers after dispossessing the residents of their belongings allegedly molested some of the women in the communities.
The sources said that the ugly incident led some of the landlords to abandon their houses, saying that some of the residents who have the courage to stay in the communities have relocated their wives and female daughters to safer communities to avoid being molested by the armed robbers.
"Armed robbers had been disturbing us in our community. Like our own community, few houses to my house were robbed yesterday. I was hearing noise between Saturday and Sunday morning. Even, the owners of the house had left the house. That is the Isatola community. The same thing with Arijo and Ogunde. I was hearing that they also molested some women, but I cannot confirm it.
"We have been experiencing it for a long period, even they arrested one person, he is also a landlord, the case was taken to Iyaganku, but I was told that he has been released by the police. The landlord caught him and handed him over to the police, we thought that the robberies will stop, not knowing that they will still be disturbing us. The armed robbers left our area around 6 am on Sunday. The case has been reported at the Apete police station."
A resident also noted that his friend had moved his wife and children out of the house, adding that people are now living in fear.
"We thought that we will have peace of mind considering the ongoing Ramadan fast where crime rates is usually minimal not knowing that armed robbers can still operate up to 6.am."
The Oyo state police command is yet to react to the incident as the public relations officer of the command, Adewale Osifeso, sought time to get details of the incident.
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Efforts made to get his reaction on Wednesday, April 21, proved to be abortive as calls put through his mobile phone by Legit.ng's reporter were not answered.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the embattled Fulani leader in Oyo, Iskilu Wakili, was on Tuesday, March 16, ordered to be remanded in the Abolongo correctional facility in the state.
It was reported that Wakili's fate was declared by the presiding judge, Emmanuel Idowu, after the police command in the state charged him and his sons, Abu, Samaila, and Aliyu Manu for murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery.