A gang of armed robbers numbering about 20 on Sunday night invaded once peaceful Alaafia Estate in Orogun around 11 pm and operated till around 2 am on Monday dispossessing residents of valuables running into millions of naira.
The robbers who made first appearance at the Estate about two weeks ago when they robbed a Superintendent of Police and three flats were said to have mobilised more gang members in a more deadly robbery where they carted away money, laptops, mobile phones and ATM card after obtaining their Personal Identification Numbers (PIN).
The robbers were said to have gained entry into the Estate through the recently dredged Carnal linking Barika, Agbowo, and Orogun.
Armed with machete, Guns and other dangerous weapons, the daredevil robbers divided themselves into the Estate and robbed concurrently in different houses.
According to sources, no fewer than twenty families were direct victims of the robbers with one person sustaining machete cuts on his left hand while his wife was said to have been beaten with a machete.
A resident said: “as they battle to break into the house, one of them was telling the new ones they recruited to join them this time around that somebody was peeping through the window from the house. They said we would see hell if they break into the house if we don’t willingly open the door”.
However, the Ojoo Police Division were alerted and mobilised to the Estate.
The robbers, on hearing the police sirens were said to have alerted one another saying, “big daddy (police) are here; won ti mbo, e ja ke lo” and they fled the scene.
The police were said to have recovered four machetes and a locally made pistol around the scene of the robbery.