The situation according to a resident, Mrs. Ada Inuwa, has forced many to put in place strict security measures, saying people now sleep with one eye closed.
According to Inuwa, robbers frequent the community despite several reports to the police.
Another resident, Mallam Mohammed Ibrahim, a fruit seller, regretted the surge of robbery incidents in the community, saying it has never been this bad in Gwagwalada as the community members have done everything within their powers to make the police protect them to no avail.
“Sometimes after selling my fruits, armed robbers would attack me and take all the money I have made. Even the armed robbers are stronger than the vigilante group that we constituted,” he lamented.
They called on the FCT commissioner of police to help in solving the problem before it gets out of hand.
But when contacted, FCT police spokesperson, Deputy Superintendent Hyelhira Altine said the situation has been curtailed with the arrest of two suspected armed robbers terrorising the area.
According to her, the police responded immediately to a distress call from a resident that a robbery was in progress in his house.
“Our men attached to Gwagwalada moved to the scene; the hoodlums on sighting the police tried to escape but our men were able to arrest two suspects at the scene,’’ she hinted.
The FCT police public relations officer stated that upon interrogation, the two suspects confessed to have participated in series of robberies within Gwagwalada and assured residents that investigation is ongoing.
She also assured residents of the area that the robbers attacking them have been arrested and that they can now sleep with their eyes closed.