Residents of three communities in Lagos State have been thrown into a state of utter panic following a letter recently addressed to them by a yet to be identified robbery gang.

The robbers in the letter appealed to the residents for a warm welcome when they strike in their communities in the coming days.

The affected communities are Egan, Akesan and Igando communities in the Alimosho area of the state.

The robbers said in the letter, written in English and Yoruba languages and pasted on many walls and streets, that they are coming ‘very soon’ and are not afraid of the police or other security agencies.

Describing themselves as friends of the residents, the robbers called on them to get ready for their arrival and cooperate with them.

The robbers in the letter stressed that they (robbers) didn’t want excuses from residents over non-availability of money at home.

It was learnt that the residents woke up on Sunday to discover several of such letters pasted to their doorposts.

Bounce News gathered that the robbers had earlier attacked the communities some months back but were repelled by the vigilantes hired by the residents.

Following the latest development, the residents have been living in fear, while some are planning to relocate to other areas.

When Bounce News visited the area on Wednesday, many of the residents were so petrified that they refused to speak.

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A resident, who did not want his name disclosed said his family is planning to leave  the place very soon.

He explained that the residents are worried because of the lack of security in the country.

He added that since they saw the letter, most residents do not sleep again in the night.

He recalled that some armed robbers came to the area in May and moved from house to house, robbing people of their valuables.

He added that the robbery attack was later repelled by some of the vigilantes recruited by the residents.

“This latest letter threat came as a result of the robbers not getting enough money the last time they came.

“When they were escaping, they told us they are coming back and we should be prepared for their coming. They also told us to keep money for them otherwise they would kill everybody in the community.”

It was also learnt that business owners in these areas now close shops very early unlike before.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti said the police had already swung into action.

He stated the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal  has met with residents and community leaders of the affected areas.

Edgal, during the meeting, was said to have told the residents to warn their wards against loitering between 12 midnight to 4:00a.m. in these areas.

He stated that anyone found outside within the restricted time would be arrested.

Bounce News further gathered that as part of the pro- active methods adopted by Edgal, the Divisional Police Officer  (DPO ) for  Igando Police division has also been replaced by a new officer.

When our correspondent visited the station, the new DPO was not around to comment on the matter.

Patrol vans of the police were, however, seen patrolling the areas on Wednesday.

A member of the community said she was impressed  with police response.

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