Imagine being caught in a robbery incident and you make a call to the police; It is however baffling that the police showed up 2 hours after the call was made.

This was the experience of residents on Efon Alaye Close, Ojodu-Berger, Lagos, on Saturday, as a four-man robbery gang operated freely in the area and vandalised many vehicles.

PUNCH learnt that a distress call to the 767 emergency line made by one of the residents during the attack around 3.30am did not yield positive results.

An official, who reportedly picked the call, was said to have assured the caller that a team of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command would be deployed in the scene shortly.

It was gathered that a police patrol team from the Ojodu Police Station, a short distance away from the scene, later arrived at the area around 5.30am, one and a half hours after the bandits had left.

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One of the victims, Olajoju Adekunle, who is a new tenant in the area and whose vehicle was vandalised, lamented his loss, noting that the incident happened on his first night in the apartment.

He explained that the gang scaled the fence to gain entry into the compound, where he parked his vehicle.

He said, “My permanent residence is in Mowe, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State. I work in Ikeja. I usually run into traffic while returning home in the evening, especially now that construction is ongoing at the expressway. On Thursday, I left the office around 4pm and got home at 9pm. I was so tired.

“I rented the apartment in Ojodu about a week ago so that I could pass the night there whenever there is traffic. I moved into the room on Friday evening. I parked my vehicle in the compound alongside three other neighbours’ cars.

“Around 3.30am, the theft alarm in my vehicle went off and I woke up. When I peeped through the window to see what was wrong, I saw some men on the premises.”

Adekunle stated that one of the robbers corked his gun and threatened to shoot whoever came out, while another moved around the compound, flashing a torch.

He said that two other members of the gang broke the window of his vehicle to gain entry and started removing some vital parts.

“One of them was shouting, ‘I need blood! Come out!’ They also opened the bonnet of my vehicle. I was shivering. It was a bad omen for such a thing to happen on my first day in a new apartment. Saturday was also my birthday.

“They flashed a torch into the other cars but they did not vandalise them. They left the compound at 4am. When I came out from my room, I saw that they had removed the brain box, headlamps, battery, musical set, the two side mirrors and some other parts. It was a great loss.”

A landlord, who did not want his name in print, said the incident made it the third time this year when robbers would vandalise vehicles in the area without any resistance.

Reacting to the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Chike Oti, said the Ojodu Police Station was informed that there was a distress call from  the area at 5.25am.

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