Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Residents of Ogwashi Uku Community in Delta state have expressed fear over the worsened insecurity in the area as they currently sleep with their two eyes open, especially during nighfall
Investigation revealed that last weekend, the community witnessed a total breakdown of security following the activities of hoodlums including cult related activities.
It was gathered that armed bandits have continued to invade some of the houses in the community, especially at Isah road quarters where they allegedly snatched two motorcycles after the owners were allegedly shot at various parts of their bodies during which they made attempt to struggle with them
One of the victims, Stella Chiamka who spoke to Journalists in the area, said that their house located around Agboli street off Isah road in the community, was invaded last weekend as the hoodlums made away with their belongings
She said: We were sleeping at night when all of a sudden I saw torch light pointing at me from my window, and when I asked who the person was, he said I should open the door to our apartment or they will break down the burglary proof of our window and forced by their threat to deal with me should they gain entry by themselves,I had to open the door and allowed them in,they were armed and took N10,000 from me, and also robbed my other neighbours I share the same building with”
Further investigation revealed that the armed bandits at gunpoint move one house to another where they will rob unsuspecting residents including motorists on Ubulu Uku highway including anyone they run into during their Operations.
Although the police at Ogwashi Uku Police Division who spoke to Journalists on condition of anonymity claimed to have been dealing with the situation, but many of the residents who also spoke on condition of anonymity described the present situation in Ogwashi Uku Community, especially with Insecurity as Pathetic and appealed to the Police to come to their aid
They said” at least for two years the Former DPO Tobi Debakeme was in Ogwashi Uku Community, we had peace and crime was almost totally wiped out from the Community, but with the way things are going now,I am afraid security is going down”
Sources said that one Moses Ede from Benue state was dispossessed of his Daylong brand new motorcycle somewhere along the Ogwashi Uku Ubulu Uku road after he was shot on his right hand by the hoodlums last Monday as the armed bandits swooped on him around Ubulu Uno Ogwashi Uku Ubulu Uku road and sized him up
Besides, cult related activities are also said to be thriving in the Community as various cult groups clash almost on daily basis and in most cases shoot into the air Sporadically to ward off security agents, But the state Commissioner of Police, Adeleke Adeyinka who spoke to Journalists in Asaba, however dispelled as untrue that armed bandits have taken over Ogwashi Uku Community, adding that there could few robbery incidences,it was not sufficient to say that Ogwashi Uku Community was under seige, and assured that the police was committed to eradicating all forms of Crimes in Ogwashi Uku Community, saying that the Police have arrested several armed bandits including suspected cultists in the area in the last few weeks as they will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.
Adeyinka warning that it will not be business as usual for Criminals, said that the Police will do everything possible to arrest the situation in Ogwashi Uku Community and appealed for useful information that will help the Police
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