At 2am on Saturday, the Oworonshoki area of Lagos State was alive with residents and worshippers going for a vigil amongst whom were robbers.
The robbers, about 24 in number, dressed up and disguised themselves as religious worshippers so as to effectively rob the residents attending vigil was being organised in the area by the Ramadan Lailatul Quadri. They invaded Shokoya Street and LK Junction, dispossessing the people of their valuables. Several worshippers going for the programme reportedly lost their phones and money to the gang.
The robbers, who wielded machetes and knives, also broke bottles on the street and vandalized vehicles.
A resident of the area, Adebowale, who is also a local government worker told the Punch that “Some of the robbers came from as far as Ilorin, Kwara State, and Ibadan, Oyo State. They wore religious garments as if they came for the programme. They tried to cart away valuables such as generators and electronic appliances in the various houses they attacked, but when they heard different alarms going off, they got angry and began to damage vehicles.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrests.
She said, “Policemen patrolled the area on Sunday and arrested some hoodlums smoking hemp at a junction called LK. The programme held at the Papa playground, Oworonshoki. A large number of hoodlums, suspected to be cultists, fomented trouble.
“They dispossessed people of their valuables. Twenty-three suspects have been arrested and will be transferred to SARS for investigation and prosecution,” the PPRO stated.