Suspected armed robbers attacked residents of Tella Estate in the Akobo area of Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday in a reportedly coordinated operation that lasted several hours.
The seven-man robbery gang arrived the estate about 12am and carried out a house-to-house attack, carting away valuable items belonging to the residents.
A large number of residents were injured in the attack. A private guard, identified as Victor, was macheted in the head by the suspected robbers.
Several spent bullet cartridges were found at the scene of the raid when reporters arrived.
Chairman of the landlord association in the area, Basiru Shodeyinde, said the incident was reported at the Akobo Police Station.
“From the information I have, the robbers have been in the community since midnight. I was not aware until around 2am when a fellow landlord called me on the telephone to inform me about the attack.
“I called other landlords to inform them of the incident in the community. It was then that I became aware that they had attacked seven houses. They carted away mobile phones, laptops, iPad and other valuables. They collected money from their victims.
“We have reported the incident at the Akobo Police Station around 10am on Saturday and we were given a police officer to inspect the damage the robbers did to our people. Though we couldn’t get the police at the period of the attack, we have been given numbers to dial in case we have such experience again.”
A victim, who preferred not to be named, told reporters that the robbers were seven huge unmasked men. He said they arrived his house at 12.15 a.m and operated for 45 minutes, adding that after he gave them everything he had, they threatened to kill him if he did not give them more.
He added that his wife was hit with the butt of a gun by one of the robbers.
“When they arrived, they were almost removing the burglar-proof window when my wife woke up. She told them not to disturb themselves as she would open the door. She opened the door for them to come in and we dropped all the money we had on the table so that they won’t begin to threaten to kill us. But they told me to bring more money or they would kill me.
I said there was no money and they pointed their gun at me, but my wife confronted them and she was hit with a gun butt. She is in a hospital now.”
The Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said nobody made any distress call to the police while the attack lasted despite the fact that police authorities released telephone numbers to every community in the state.
He said the attack was reported around 2pm on Saturday, adding that the Divisional Police Officer in the area had been told to ensure the patrol of the area. He said investigation was ongoing.