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Road side and traffic robbery in Lagos

by Icnaija

Traffic in some parts of Lagos State may not be the best place to be, not only because of the discomfort of spending more time that ordinarily you shouldn’t to get to your destination, but also for security reason.

Since the end of the #EndSARS protest which forced many security operatives out of the roads, robbery inside traffic has spiked in some parts of Lagos, according to security experts.

It appears that areas like Victoria Garden City VGC, Lekki and Victoria Island on the Island enjoy considerable security presence as such that traffic robbery rarely happens in the axis, but there are some parts of Lagos where traffic robbers have found habitable for their activities whether day or night.

There has been experiences from one area to the other especially along Ikorodu Road, Ketu/Ojota, Mile 12, Fadeyi, Maryland and Costain.

Traffic robbery is also a common occurrence in Ogolonto and Mile 2/Badagry Expressway axis especially around Iyana-Iba, Okoko, Alakija, Abule-Ado, Alaba-Suru, Coker, Alaafia, Oko-Afo and Magbon.

Others are Ijora-Olopa, Iddo, Eko-Bridge, Apongbon, Orile-Iganmu, Gbagada, Idumota, Eyin-Eyo, Ikoyi Bridge, Third Mainland Bridge, Ijora/7Up, Fagba, Mosalasi-Alaja, Oke-Koto, Ojodu/Berger, Ikotun, Ago\Okota, Oshodi, Ikeja and bus stops along Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway like Ile-Zik, Mangoro, Iyana-Ipaja, Alakuko and Mosalasi.

Victims say traffic robbers apply various tactics in their operations.

For instance, some pretend to be hawkers or beggars or cleaning the windscreen of vehicles.

In the course of interaction with some victims of traffic robberies, it was discovered that some of the robbers mostly seize the opportunity of road repair works in some parts of Lagos to carry out their evil deeds.

The hoodlums are said to also ease their operations by creating artificial gridlock, making potholes on the road or causing distractions as traps for road users.

Also, some traffic robbers approach their victims by gently tapping on their side windscreens and tactically exposing the butt of their guns or any other weapons while some prefer to scare their victims by smashing the side windows of their vehicles with a tool.

In many cases, traffic robbers operate in gangs and while victims might have been initially approached by a member of the gang, others lurk around to determine their mode of action.

Interestingly, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, luck ran out of six suspected notorious traffic robbery kingpins as a team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) nabbed them in the process of robbing road users at different spots in the state.

Despite the proactive nature of the men of the Nigeria Police towards eradicating traffic robbery, on Thursday, March 25, 2021, four suspected traffic robbers allegedly attempted to rob some men of the RRS at Abiola Garden area of Ojota.

According to Supo Olayinka Egbeyemi, the RRS Chairman, a surveillance team had been deployed to monitor Ikorodu axis in reaction to complaints of incessant robbery cases by road users including Owode-Onirin, Mile 12, Ketu, Kosofe and Ogudu/Alapere down to Ojota when the four suspects were later arrested.

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