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In Lagos: Traffic robbers on the rampage




There is palpable fear by road users in Lagos over the upsurge in the operation of traffic robbers who have taken advantage of gridlock caused by road construction workers and tanker drivers along major routes.
 
Chief among the roads where the hoodlums operate are on top of the Apongbon Road bridge, Ikorodu Road, Oshodi-Anthony axis, Oshodi-Isolo expressway, and Mile 2-Ojo expressways, among others.
 
Irrespective of the time of the day, hoodlums have now taken it as a daily activity to attack vehicles and rob the occupants of their belongings. Only a few are often lucky to escape unhurt without losing any valuables whenever they strike. 

During the Yuletide, two journalists working with The Guardian, Stanley Akpunonu and Ngozi Egenuka, were attacked by armed robbers who dispossessed them of their valuables at Cele Bus Stop on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway.
 
The duo said they were beaten with cutlasses by the robbers numbering five, while some others also brandished guns before carting away two Android phones, one iPhone, cash and a laptop, all worth over N300,000.
 
However, the Lagos State Police command has reiterated its commitment to eradicate traffic robberies in the metropolis. The state’s police boss, Hakeem Odumosu, said this yesterday at the command headquarters, Ikeja, while addressing officers, men of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and other operational units who are deployed at strategic places across the state to fight traffic robberies.
 
He emphasised the need to adopt various anti-crime strategies in combating the menace, which must not be allowed to jeopardise the security network of the state. Theguardianng

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