Robbers ‘in army uniform’ terrorise motorists at Zuma Rock
Motorists have alleged that armed robbers now wear camouflage army uniform to rob them around Zuma Rock area along ZubaKaduna road.
Mr. Magnus Ugonna, a driver with a popular transport company, who spoke with City News about the incident, said in the early hours of Saturday, men on army uniform numbering about 20 and armed with sophisticated weapons, blocked the road close to Zuma rock and robbed every car that passed the road.
He said as soon as the robbers saw their bus, they asked them to stop and then ordered everybody on the bus to get down and surrender their belongings.
“When we stopped, they collected money, phones, clothes, jewelries, Ipad and other items. We lost more than N10m that day because I had traders, who were travelling to buy goods,” he said.
The driver also stated that when a passenger tried to question why they were being searched, he was shot on the left leg and thorough beaten, adding that after the robbery, they went to Zuba police division to lodge an official report.
Another motorist, who does not want his name in print, said he was robbed and his wife raped around the same Zuma Rock area while their belongings were stolen.
He decried the level of armed robbery attacks in the area and called on security agents to do something before it gets out of hand.
When contacted, the Zuba Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent Adelegan Femi, confirmed the incident, and decried the ugly trend.
He said, “It is true that armed robbers now wear camouflage army uniform to rob people and snatch their cars at gun point every night at Zuma Rock area along Kaduna road, Giri junction, Anagada, Giri and Tungamaje areas.”
The police chief said that on Sunday, motorists who were travelling on night bus were stopped at Giri by these uniformed robbers, and they turned and came to Zuba police division.
According to him, he immediately went to the area with his patrol team even though the place does not fall under his jurisdiction. He said they saw them and exchanged fire but they fled into the bush while his men pursued them with teargas.
“I have informed my detectives and soldiers to join me in fighting this ugly menace, especially around that Anagada, Tungamaje, Zuma Rock and Giri areas. Every night since the ugly incident started, we don’t sleep but we will do everything to totally chase them out of Zuba and its environs,” he said.
Yoruba local drummers at an event in Gwagwalada at the weekend.
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