Suspected hoodlums, on Tuesday, reportedly attacked some motorists on the Londbridge and Kara ends of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.
Eyewitnesses claimed that the miscreants, who struck round 6am, robbed folks going to work, because the police described studies of abduction on the street as faux information.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the gang exploited the gridlock attributable to the continuing reconstruction of the expressway.
A banker, Ibrahim Odebunmi, mentioned he needed to abandon his automobile to affix others fleeing the scene.
He mentioned, “I can’t actually say the precise time, however I do know it was after 6am. We had been within the site visitors across the Mikano firm space and automobiles had been shifting slowly. We simply noticed folks working backward and shouting ‘run’. So, I delay my automobile, picked the keys and telephones and began working. Even the passengers in my automobile additionally joined me in working.”
He mentioned motorists stopped working when a person urged them to face the gang.
“So, we stopped working and began shifting inward Lagos. What we heard was that they (bandits) jumped over the bridge. I heard somebody saying he noticed one in every of them with a laptop computer,” he added.
A cleric, Gbenga Obaleye, who shared his expertise on Fb, said that he witnessed the assault across the Kara Cattle Market.
He mentioned when those who scampered to security returned, they found that their cash, ATM playing cards, telephones and different invaluable gadgets had gone lacking.
“This isn’t to spoil any tribe. Members in my church had been coming from camp this morning at 5.30am. The Fulani got here out from Kara the place they used to promote cows. 20 folks have been taken into the bush, that little bush,” he said.
In one other submit, he mentioned, “Please, watch out at Kara. Fulani have been kidnapping folks. God simply saved a household in our church now. Please, don’t begin dashing dwelling from camp. Let it’s like 7.30am.”
A cleric, who recognized himself solely as Pastor Adebayo in a voice notice that went viral on Tuesday, mentioned the incident occurred round 6.20am.
“Proper in entrance, they had been taking folks away. I needed to escort my spouse away from the incident which I did by behaving as if I used to be a bandit abducting somebody and main the individual into the bush. That was how we had been in a position to escape.
“By the point we got here again to select up our automobile, that they had ransacked it and carted away our baggage, laptop computer, telephone and others.”
“They masked up and had been with weapons and machetes.”
Adebayo claimed that he reported the matter on the Ogba Police Station in Lagos.
Nonetheless, one other eyewitness, Pastor Wilson Simire, who additionally deserted his automobile on the street, informed PUNCH Metro that no one was kidnapped.
He mentioned, “One man mentioned he misplaced his laptop computer. The slippers I used to be placing on, I needed to abandon them, and I don’t know the place they’re proper now.
“I can’t establish them (attackers) however they had been younger males. They simply got here and began hitting glasses with cutlasses and shouting. Individuals started to panic and ran out of their automobiles.”
He mentioned he had no cause to report back to the police as a result of “nothing was stolen from me.”
The Warewa Divisional Police Officer, Abdulfathi Ogunsanya, mentioned he was not conscious of any abduction.
The DPO, nevertheless, mentioned one individual lodged a grievance about his lacking telephone and different valuables.
“Just one individual got here to lodge a grievance that he was attacked and that his diary, ATM card and telephone had been taken from him,” he added.
Ogunsanya directed our reporter to the state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, for additional remark.
Oyeyemi, a Superintendent of Police, in an announcement, described the report of the kidnapping of 20 folks as faux information.
He mentioned, “With a purpose to dispel the depraved hearsay which is able to inflicting panic within the thoughts of the general public, the command needs to tell the general public that the mentioned information is nothing however faux and a lie from the pit of hell.
“There may be nothing like kidnapping of 1, talkless of 20 individuals on the Kara bridge or anyplace alongside the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“These behind the faux information are mere mischief makers, who at all times derive pleasure from inflicting pointless panic within the thoughts of harmless members of the general public.”
The police spokesman famous that in view of the street development within the axis, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered a 24-hour surveillance patrol of the world to checkmate the actions of hoodlums who may wish to make the most of the site visitors to perpetrate evils.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, mentioned the motorist who claimed to have reported at Ogba “will need to have been redirected to Ogun State for the reason that purported incident didn’t occur in Lagos.”