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Lagos Lawmakers Raise Alarm Over Traffic Robbery Attacks

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Western Nigeria, have raised an alarm over robbery attacks in the state particularly that of motorists and car owners.

According to the lawmakers, these robbers now place themselves on both sides of busy roads at night and attack unsuspecting motorists, especially those driving in their cars.

In many instances, the robbers, according to the lawmakers, have succeeded in carting away money and personal belongings of their victims and since it is dark, most times, the victims hardly recognise them.

Raising this security threat under Matter of Urgent Public Importance, the lawmaker representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency 2 at the House, Omowunmi Olatunji-Edet, explained her personal experience with such robbers on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway recently.

Olatunji-Edet told her colleagues that on the occasion, the robbers she called hoodlums stopped her, banging on the car and asking her to wind down the glass of her car.

She said she had to summon courage to shout down the robbers telling them she would deal with them in such a way that they had never experienced.

Olatunji-Edet said the robbers ran away from the scene on hearing her warning.

On another occasion, she said she was stuck in a gridlock when she saw robbers attacking a woman in the car behind hers.

She said after threatening the woman, she rolled down the glass of her car and handed them her bag.

She recalled that the state government had done everything to sanitise Oshodi, but that crimes were beginning to take its toll on people who pass through the area.

She pleaded with the House to intervene and save the residents of the state, adding that she was sure many other people are suffering the same fate.

Supporting her claims, Dayo Saka Fafunmi representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 1, said such incidents had become very rampant in most parts of the state especially where there are no street lights.

He said he experienced similar crime and had reported at some point to law enforcement agents and asked that something urgent be done about the complaint.

Expressing a contrary view, a lawmaker, Lanre Ogundimu, made case for the police, noting that, they were poorly equipped, had low morale to properly do their jobs and that they were inadequate to effectively secure the lives and property of Nigerians.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Taiwo Kolawole, who presided at the sitting, said the House had always called on the police to act and bring peace to the state, adding that, the complaint by the House was another of such calls.

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