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Police Sensitise Lagosians On How Robbers Bait Their Victims

State Police
Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 3:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Emmanuel Udom


Lagos residents have been warned to beware of unexpected failure of their generators at night of sudden rush of water from the storage tanks as such could be a ploy by robbers to lure them out of the house.

The Lagos State Police Command, which gave the warning on Sunday, noted that armed robbers and criminal elements have devised new tricks of gaining access into houses to rob the occupants.

The Command warned residents not to open their doors when such unexplainable occurrences happened.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Dolapo Badmos, the Command’s Public Relations officer (PRO), who gave the warning during an interaction advised residents not to come out at night, if they noticed that taps within their compounds were rushing or when their generators suddenly stopped working as it could be armed robbers baiting them.

“Residents should be careful when they discover that their generators stopped working or notice water gushing out from their taps, at night.

“They should watch carefully before going out. If they notice strange movements, they should call the nearest police station.

“This is why residents are advised to know the telephone numbers of the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) or station phone numbers close to them,” she said.

Some residents at the interaction shared their experiences on how they had fallen victim to robbers through such ploy.

Mr Tunji Ajayi, a resident of Agbado/Oke-Odo LCDA said the criminals made away with his generator set, after switching it off.

“When they could not gain access into my house, they became frustrated, they then decided to take away my generator.

“I left my generator on at night as usual, but at about 2 a.m, the generator suddenly went off.

“I took my time to observe what must have happened through the window before stepping out, but suddenly, I heard footsteps, so I decided to stay back.

“When the criminals realised that I was not coming out immediately, they decided to take away my generator,” he said.

While Ajayi was lucky, Mr Pius Bamidele, a school teacher in Ikorodu, was not.

Bamidele said he heard water rushing from the tap and decided to come out, only to fall into the hands of robbers.

“When I heard water coming out of the tap at about 1.30a.m, I wondered who could be fetching water and would have left the tap open at that time of the day.

“As soon as I came out, one the robbers pointed a gun at me and walked me into my apartment, where they made away with some of my property,’’ he said