Occupants of Dejuwogbo community, Oke-Ota Ona, Ikorodu, Lagos have been left in panic after suspected robbers pasted a threat notice in the neigbourhood to attack during the Yuletide.
Locals woke up last Saturday to the posters of masked armed men pasted in strategic points in the community.
In the notice, the gunmen threatened to attack the community on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and demanded maximum cooperation.
“Team 13. Dejuwogbo CDA. Expect us 24, 25 & 26 December, 2020. Maximum cooperation or head would roll (sic),” the notice read.
PUNCH Metro gathered that many have fled the neighbourhood for fear of the lives while nighttime is now dreaded in the area.
A community leader who did not want to be named for fear said the threat had been reported to the police at the Igbogbo Police Station.
He said, “We woke up to the notice on Saturday morning. They pasted the posters across the community but they are more prominent in some parts. Two were pasted on the wall of a mosque. They didn’t paste them at the main entrance where our security men could have easily seen them. Some people are suspecting that insiders might be involved.
“The tension has been very high. If you get to our community by 8pm, you may not see anybody outside again. Some people have relocated temporarily. Some would come home in the morning and leave in the evening. On our own, we are putting gates at some points and installing security gadgets.”
Chairman, Community Development Committee, Ikorodu Local Government Area Lukman Sonibare lamented the spate of security threats in the area.
“The Lagos State Government needs to do a lot to ensure that the police are back to the streets. The rate of killings in Ikorodu has been very high recently. It is largely as a result of cult clashes and in some cases the cultists have turned to armed robbers,” he said.
Lagos police spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the police commissioner has mobilised more personnel to the area and “instructed the area commander in Ikorodu on steps to take.”