Nigeria: Robbers write to residents; Demand 'end of year gifts'

Nigeria: Robbers write to residents; Demand 'end of year gifts'

Residents of Onimaba, Lagos have been living in fear since last week Thursday when a letter purportedly written by armed robbers circulated their streets.


According to Nigeria’s PUNCH Metro the letter, which was typed on an A4 paper and scattered on the streets, was noticed by residents as they woke up on Thursday morning.

About 20 copies of the letter were said to have been picked up from streets and the case has since been reported at the Igando Police Division by the landlords association.

During a visit to the area on Friday afternoon, PUNCH Metro obtained a copy of the letter.

In the paper, the robbers wrote that residents should be prepared to ‘entertain’ them as they were coming for their end-of-the-year packages. The robbers added that they could strike the area at any time they deemed fit.

The letter reads, “Be prepared, be prepared, be prepared. Our dues must be paid this festive season. Nobody can stop us as we can strike at any time. Only enough money can save your life.

“To be forewarned is to be fore-harmed. We have warned you in this area, and if you have ears, you ought to hear.”

According to PUNCH Metro, one of the landlords, who pleaded anonymity for security reasons, said the robbers also dispatched the letter to neighbouring areas such as Pako and Irepodun.

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