By WILFRED JIBRIL
Men of the underworld are currently holding Ijoko Lemode in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State by the jugular, burgling homes and carting away valuables.
For some time now, residents of the community have been on the tenterhooks as the daredevil robbers have been terrorising them at will.
For instance, EDO VOICE gathered that some bandits raided a house located on Solomon Shokunbi Street, having sprayed a white substance into the premises, sending the tenants to sleep. Valuables, including mobile phones, were carted away in the process.
It was further learnt that few days later, another house within the neighbourhood was burgled and the occupants robbed.
EDO VOICE investigations revealed that it is one robbery operation or another on a daily basis.
Speaking with EDO VOICE on the rising crime wave in the community, the Officer in charge of Ijoko Lemode Police Station, DSP Timothy Olorungbemi, said that the police were not relenting in their efforts to clip the wings of the criminals.
To this end, DSP Olorungbemi, disclosed that 11 suspects were arrested and taken to Agbado Divisional Police Headquarters last week for necessary action, adding that such suspects were normally charged to court immediately.
The Police chief even showed EDO VOICE the call log of his conversation with the Divisional Police Officer of Agbado Police Station on the raid they were about to carry out within the community and other areas within their jurisdiction on Tuesday morning, principally to fish out criminal elements.
DSP Olorungbemi also revealed that most of the criminals relocated from Lagos to the community, snatching mobile phones and other valuables from the residents, adding that a 22-year-old man was recently apprehended at Roger Blue ATM Point with several ATM cards.
He also showed EDO VOICE some items recovered from bandits, including an object fashioned like a gun, with which robbers intimidate and dispossess their victims of their valuables.
EDO VOICE, however, observed that despite the frantic efforts by the police to rid the communities under their jurisdiction of criminal elements, mobility is their major handicap.
No patrol vehicle is attached to the police station while its men are seen on motorbikes patrolling the area. Interestingly, DSP Olorugbemi also patrols on a bike.
The motorbikes, it was learnt, belong to the police officers.