Residents and neighbors of Godo, Anosike Street, off St Mary in Ajeromi, area of Ajegunle, Lagos State, now live in perpetual fear as they don’t know what will befall them following the recent killing of an alleged notorious criminal in the area known as Jaagba. Most of them have deserted their homes and most shop owners are afraid to open.
Jaagba interpreted in Yoruba slangs means, ‘take it by force’, is said to have become a torn in the flesh of the residents of the said streets. According to a resident in the area, Jaagba, was recently found in the pool of his blood in the early hours of the morning, near a gutter at Godo area of the neighbourhood.
He is suspected to have been arrested and beaten up in the wee hours by vigilantes in the area following an unsuccessful robbery operation. He was beaten and dumped in a nearby gutter to die by his captors. Residents woke up to see the notorious criminal in the pool of his blood and his parents were informed. Help came late as he was said to have died later. Irked by his death, his gang members and friends went on rampage. They vandalized vehicles parked within Anosike Street and robbed people up to Uzor, Wilmer, and new road area.
Though Jaagba has been buried since last weekend after a candle light procession by his friends and colleagues, the presence of members of the security outfit, OPMESA, seem to have stopped them from carrying out more attacks on the residents.
This paper gathered that some residents of Godo, Anosike, and the adjourning Streets have relocated their families to other places while the brave ones have stayed back in their homes.
A visit at No 1 Anosike, showed that most residents have abandoned their homes out of fear. A resident of Anosike Street, who pleaded anonymity, told this paper, that he and his entire family are now taking refuge in his office located in another area of the town. His words, “my car, wife and children now take temporary refuge at my office for fear of our lives and property”
He said that the police have not offered any basic helped. The police only advised the residents to be strategic by coming out enmass anytime the gang come calling. Residents further revealed that since the construction on the road in Uzor Street, the activities of the gang has witnessed an upsurge as people have lost valuables running into several thousands of naira due to the activities of the gang.