Com­mu­nity, de­stroy Po­lice said no fuel in pa­trol ve­hi­cle –Res­i­dents

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that she just opened the shop to sup­port her ed­u­ca­tion.

She said, “I was called this af­ter­noon, while sit­ting my ex­ams, that I should come be­cause my shop had been looted. I had to run from school to the shop and I saw that ev­ery­thing in the shop had been looted, in­clud­ing my re­frig­er­a­tor. I just stocked the shop with goods.”

An­other shop owner and res­i­dent of the area, Ti­ti­layo Aro­mashodun, said, “We were asleep when we heard the hood­lums us­ing ma­chetes to scratch the ground around 2am; we started hear­ing some peo­ple shout­ing ‘thieves’ and did not know that it was the guys say­ing that. Later, we saw them de­stroy­ing so many things; they started break­ing into shops and loot­ing ev­ery­thing in­side them.

“This would be the third time the hood­lums would be at­tack­ing the com­mu­nity; we have re­ported to the Baale of Oy­ingbo and he came here this morn­ing (Sun­day) to see what hap­pened. I sell as­sorted drinks, in­clud­ing wines; the hood­lums stole ev­ery­thing in my shop. I can­not es­ti­mate what they took away. They were so pa­tient while loot­ing the shops and when we called the po­lice, they told us that they did not have fuel in their ve­hi­cle.”

Re­act­ing to the in­ci­dent, the state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Bala Elkana, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the po­lice re­sponded to the res­i­dents’ dis­tress call, adding that two sus­pects had been ar­rested.

He said, “There was a dis­tress call and the po­lice re­sponded; two sus­pects were ar­rested, Bashir Ab­du­lazeez, 22, and Oladimeji Aliyu, 25. Two stolen phones were re­cov­ered from them and they are help­ing the po­lice with the names of other mem­bers of their gang.

“There is an on­go­ing op­er­a­tion to pick other mem­bers of the gang and the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice has also re­sponded by send­ing the spe­cial strike force he has formed to go to the Den­ton Po­lice Sta­tion and help them in this re­gard.”

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