Residents of Isashi, Ketu, Adaloko and Mebamu communities, in Ojo LGA of Lagos are currently keeping vigilance, as the notorious robbery gang popularly known as “One Million Boys”, earlier in the week allegedly sent letters to each of the communities located in Ojo LGA, along the ever busy Badagry Express way, threatening to attack them soonest.
The gang ‘one million boys’, which is fast becoming an household name in Lagos, got its name from their mode of operation, robbing homes and communities in large groups, sometimes numbering about forty to 100. They some time rape women and also ask them to have sex with their blood relations.
Efforts to get a copy of the letter proved abortive, however, a visit to one of the said recipients of the letter, the New Mebamu community, showed they have since beefed up security, as youths now mobilise themselves, to form vigilante groups in different zones of the area.
A youth from the community who declined to mention his name, spoke to News of Nigeria, he said: ” as I am talking to you now, we heard they attacked Magbon yesterday, a small town in Badagry, they came in three vanagon buses and were able to rob five houses, before they were scared away by the “oro”, which started while the robbery was going on. We have started keeping watch, as we don’t want to be caught unawares.”
Asking him when the letter was sent and who delivered it, he said; ” the community leaders have it but learnt it was pasted in the community’s entrance. ”
There were visible charred remains from tire burns in almost every street in Mebamu Community and when we asked why, another youth who spoke on condition of anonymity responded,” we do that every night because we want them to know we are awake and ready for them when they sight the burning fire. We have not been sleeping properly ever since we received the letter and the community has decided that any compound that does not partake in the night watch, would be fined N10, 000.”
However, little is known if a copy of the letter, which reportedly informed the residents of their coming, asking them to keep money at home or be prepared to die, has been sent to the appropriate authorities or security agencies.
It will be recalled that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Awoseni, while addressing newsmen on the Command’s activities in Ikeja some time ago, said: “I use this medium to tell Lagosians, particularly Morogbo area of Badagry, that the police have dealt with the one million boys.
“The case was over exaggerated by some people. The one million boys are not people we should worry about. There are no robbery incidents involving them.
“The Area Commander, Divisional Police and Special Anti-Robbery Squad are currently monitoring situation in the area. There is peace there now.