Barely three days after a seven-man armed robbery gang raided residents of Tells Estate in Akobo area of Ibadan, Oyo state capital, another robbery gang on Monday night stormed Fenwa community in the city and carried out a house to house raid.
During the operation that lasted for about four hours, valuable items and cash were carted away by the 15-man armed robbery gang, while about seven residents of the community, located in Ido local government area, were injured.
However, members of the Otunba Gani Adams led Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), who stormed the community after receiving distress calls, prevented the men of the underworld from raiding more houses, and captured one robbers.
The OPC chairman in Ido local government area, Alhaji Muritala Adekola Ifawale, who led his members to the scene was reportedly shot by the robbers several times, but the bullets did not penetrate into his body.
After exhausting their bullets, the robbers reportedly took to their heels, as OPC members chased them and captured one of them who later identified himself as Ojo Adegboyega.
The OPC members also recovered a green colour Honda CRV with registration number LAGOS LND 667 EU from the fleeing robbers.
Speaking with journalists who visited the community yesterday morning, Adegboyega revealed that he joined the robbery gang after he was sacked by a company he was working with in Ikeja, Lagos.
He revealed further that one Roland Wisdom invited his gang for the Monday night operation in which he met his Waterloo.
Also speaking with newsmen, one of the injured residents of the community, Mr. Wasiu Adegoke, revealed that the some of N208,000 and other valuable items were carted away from his house by the hoodlums.
Adegoke, who had deep cuts on his head and blood stains all over his body, said he was hit on the head with handle of the gun (grip) several times when struggling with the robbers.
Another injured resident of the community, Mr. Ogun Jimoh, revealed that the robbers used clubs to hit him on the head after collecting mobile phones from him.
According to Ogun, “the robbers also shot at one of my neighbours popularly called Pastor. But God saved him, as he was able to dodge the bullet. The bullet was targeted at his head, but he quickly bent down, and the bullet hit the wall.
Chairman of the Landlord Association of the community, who refused to tell newsmen his name, informed that some of the injured people had been taken to hospital for medical treatment.
He also revealed that police had been informed about the incident, and that the captured member of the gang will be handed over to the police.
The community leader, however, informed that the most frightening thing is that the captured robber boasted that he would soon be set free, even if they (the landlords) take him to the Agodi Prison.