* Guardian journalist’s wife also attacked
Many residents of Jamade Street, Opposite Goshen land, as well as, Yidi Arola and Ariyibi communities, a suburb of Apete in the Ido Local Government Area, were early Thursday morning thrown into pandemonium when young armed robbers numbering about 20 invaded their houses, inflicted deep matchet cuts on about six of them, and carted away many of their valuable properties.
According to New Telegraph investigation, the robbers stormed the areas around 1am and robbed no fewer than 10 houses including the House of Deputy Photo Editor of the Guardian Newspaper, Mr Najeem Raheem, whose son, Faruk, fainted as a result of the iron rod used on him when he put up some resistance.
His father, Najeem Raheem escaped by the whiskers from the attackers but his wife was not that lucky as she was inflicted with matchet cuts on her hand by the dare devil armed robbers.
Also attacked by the robbers was a student’s hostel where no fewer than four students sustained matchet cuts with others inflicted with other varying degrees of injuries. Their valuables including phones and laptops were carted away in the process.
According to some residents of the community, who said they called the phone lines of the police, as well as, the government’s toll-free 615 line, no response was got until about 30 minutes later, “even though the distance between the Divisional Police Station, Apete, to the crime scene should not take more than five minutes at around that time”.
Investigations revealed that the house of an Islamic cleric, who rears cattle in the neighborhood, Alhaji Adekunle; the house of a Lead City University lecturer; and that of another staff of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) were among those robbed.
Some of the victims stated that the thieves, mostly young boys distributed themselves to the houses, stealing laptops, phones and cash and also destroyed valuables. They said that their communities had been under incessant attacks by thieves and armed robbers since the partial lockdown and government-imposed curfew in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.