Armed Robbers strike on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, motorists abandon vehicles

Chaos on Wednesday at the Warewa long bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as motorists reportedly abandoned their vehicles, after armed robbers saw the gridlock as an avenue to attack.

According to Punch, a motorist who was on the road at the time called in at 8:30pm to confirm the incident.

He said, “There is confusion on the bridge. Many of us are outside our cars. We suddenly heard that the robbers had attacked again and people started fleeing their vehicles. Some of the hoodlums were not armed with guns. We decided to get stones with which we would attack them. We are standing outside now, just in case of any attack.”

A police source attached to the Warewa Police Division, said the long bridge was “flooded with policemen,” adding that there was no robbery on the bridge.

He said, “The police have been patrolling that long bridge. There is no robbery. The problem is that many residents of Arepo and Warewa, who have nowhere to make a U-turn, are forced to join the traffic on the long bridge and that increases the number of vehicles on the bridge.”

A tricycle rider, Kola Jaiyeola, told one of our correspondents that a businessman was robbed of N3m and other valuables on Sunday.

He said, “The man was coming from Abuja when he was trapped in the traffic on Monday. He narrated how the robbers beat him up when he initially declined to part with his valuables. They stabbed him in the back and his shirt was torn. Eventually, he said the robbers collected N3m, two phones and a wristwatch from him. I was the one who gave him a lift to Ikeja.

“He said he had come for a business in Lagos. He was bleeding.”

The Ogun State acting Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, is yet to confirm the incident.

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