Rob­bers ‘in army uni­form’ ter­rorise mo­torists at Zuma Rock

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Ohalee

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.

PHOTO:

Yoruba lo­cal drum­mers at an event in Gwag­wal­ada at the weekend.

ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

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