Tricycle operators raise alarm over repeated attacks by hoodlums
“Some hoodlums and miscreants have formed the habit of attacking my members with the aim of stealing their tricycles or collecting their money, Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to him, the attacks happen more along Gada-biyu, Angwan- Rukuba, Ali Kazaure and Rukuba roads in Jos.
“The hoodlums have also been operating on Apata, Katako, Farin-gada to University of Jos permanent site routes where they have been posing serious threat to the lives of my members.
“The thieves sometimes use knives, clubs and other local weapons to perpetuate the crime; most of the time, the thieves lure their victims to secluded areas,’’ he said.
The chairman called on security agents to intensify patrol in the suburbs of Jos to give the operators more security while conducting their businesses.
Mohammed said the activities of the hoodlums were more pronounced between 6p.m and 10p.m
Mrs Felicia Ansalem, the Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the attacks, noted that some of the thieves had been using physical force while others use local weapons like knives.
“The operators should avoid carrying three or four passengers who are going to the same destination so as to avoid being attacked.’’
She also advised them to stop work around 10 p.m. to avoid falling victim to such attacks.
Ansalem said the police had been recovering stolen tricycles and returning them to their owners. (NAN)
community cries for help over attacks by hoodlums in Lagos
But it is a claim that is contradicted by the reality on ground as the people in the community have not experienced peace for years due to incessant attacks by hoodlums.
This unfortunate development has forced many residents to flee the community, while the few still remaining are now in living in serious fear.
The most recent of the attacks on Monday March 26, left a resident dead, scores injured, while the rest were rendered homeless as the hoodlums embarked on illegal demolition of structures in their town.
Although there are claims that peace has returned to the town, but Vanguard Metro’s visit to the community last Wednesday revealed that tension has taken over the entire community as residents live in fear of what will befall them next.
Some of the residents told VM that trouble first reared its head in 2009 at the Idi-Orogbo area of the community when its former traditional ruler, Chief Akeem Alagbala Adeyoruwa, a descendant of Igbogbo, allegedly introduced an estate agent to the town who demanded that owners of buildings there pay an amount of N90,000 to him.
having waited for some months without due cooperation from residents, Ogunlana was said to have moved into action on Monday March 26, 2012 and embarked on demolition of some structures belonging to the erring residents.
A former CDA chairman of Agunfoye/Idi-Orogbo, who pleaded anonymity, said the exercise came without prior notice. “Around 5pm of that day, we saw a bulldozer which descended on our houses. Before then, some hoodlums had arrived the community and many residents were threatened up.
The presence of the suspects, he added, has continued to send disturbing signals to residents that another attack was in the offing. According to Akinbode: “Our community has witnessed several attacks from land speculators, the most recent being from Chief Ishau Kolawole Ogunlana who has continued to make life unbearable for us. He claimed to be the sole owner of the land, threatening to demolish our houses which he eventually did.
“The height of it was on April 26, 2012 when he came with a pay-loader and started demolishing the buildings. Many of us were beaten up and injured. Even the drainage system and road grading which we had expended money on were stopped. Our lives and property are no longer safe as we witness strange happenings on daily basis”.
Victims bitter experiences
Some victims who spoke with VM recounted how they lost precious items after one of such demolition exercises during which many residents were seriously injured. When VM visited the community, it was evident that many residents had indeed been displaced, with some still receiving medical attention, while others have fled the town.