The many residents of one Tella Estate in Akobo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital were seriously injured early Saturday morning.
This happened when a seven-man gang of armed robbers invaded the area and carted away their valuables.
According to Daily Post, it was gathered that the robbers arrived the estate around midnight and carried out house-to-house attacks on the residents.
Some of the residents who were injuredhave been taken to undisclosed hospitals for treatment.A night guard identified as Victor also sustained machete cuts on the head.
Chairman of the landlords association, Mr. Basiru Shodeyinde who briefed journalists stated that the robbers arrived the area at 12 a.m, adding that the landlords had reported the incident at Akobo Police Station.
According to him, the valuables the robbers stole included laptops, undisclosed cash, mobile phones and iPad.He said:“From available information I have, the robbers had been in the community since midnight. I was not aware until around 2 a.m when a fellow landlord called me about it. I called other landlords to inform them about the incident. It was then we were awarethey had entered seven houses.
“They carted away mobile phones, laptops, iPad and other valuables. Theycollected huge sums of money from the victims.“We reported the incident to Akobo Police Station around 10 a.m on Saturday and we were given a police officer to inspect the damages they didto our people.
“Though we couldn’t get the police at that time, but we have been given numbers to dial in case we have a similar experience again.”A victim, who did not want to be named, told our reporter that the seven robbers were huge men without masks.He said they arrived his house at 12.15 a.m and operated for 45 minutes.
He said:“They had almost removed the window when my wife woke up. She told them not to disturb themselves, that she would open the door for them. That was because they had destroyed the window beyond expected. She opened the door for them and we dropped all the money we had on the table so that they would not begin to threaten to kill us. When they told me tobring more money or they will kill me, I said there was no more money. They attempted to shoot me. That was when my wife dragged it with them and she was hit with the gun butt. Thank God, my wife has been responding to treatment at hospital.
”However, efforts to reach the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu to speak on the matter meet brick walls.Calls put through to his line as at the time of filling this reports on Monday failed.