25 February 2013

Nigeria: Woman Narrates First Experience With Robbers

A middle-aged woman has described last Friday as her worst day in life as that was when she had a first encounter with armed robbers.

The woman, Nneka Nnodim, who resides at Lokogoma Estate in Apo area of FCT, said the incident took place Friday evening when she was returning to the estate.

"I have not experienced robbery attack before until that Friday evening and it was traumatising because they actually wanted to shoot the driver of the car I boarded if not for the fact that I shouted and begged them," she narrated.

She said the robbers stole her Ipad, two blackberry phones, Samsung galaxy, a Nokia phone as well as her handbag containing her wallet, drivers' license, and N80,000 meant to buy blocks for her church's project.

"Police should intensify efforts in Lokogoma area. I called the police at the Outstation in the area after the robbery and they asked me if the criminals had gun and I said yes and they never picked my calls again," she alleged.

Corroborating the victim's story, the taxi driver that carried her, Segun Adekunle, said he picked the victim from Garki Market and on getting to the entrance of the estate, a group of boys ordered him to stop and he did, thinking they were on stop and search operation in the area.

"One of the boys in the group asked me to come down from the vehicle but I resisted and one of them ordered me to be shot. The lady I carried as my passenger started crying, begging me to obey them. Unfortunately, she was the first victim before they collected N14,000 from me," he said.

When contacted, the FCT police spokesperson, Superintendent Doris England, said when such incident happens, the residents should immediately contact the police at Apo Division for immediate action instead of relying solely on the police outpost at the estate.

Apo divisional police officer, Chief Superintendent Daubo Yau, confirmed the incident but said the crime rate in Lokogoma area has reduced drastically, compared to what it used to be.

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