Robbery incidents worry Abuja settlement

Residents of Mabushi and some parts of Gwarinpa in Abuja have lamented over the increase in armed robbery attacks at Dumping Area of Mabushi, along Gwarinpa express road.
A victim, Mohammed Isa, who spoke with our reporter Monday morning, decried the level of criminality in the area.
 He said he was on his way to see a family friend on Christmas day when a group of boys stopped him with a gun along Banex plaza and robbed him of all his belongings.
He said: “After robbing me, they told me to enter inside my car trunk which I obediently did. I thought I was going to be killed until they stopped and dragged me out from the trunk. I later discovered that the area is dumping area in Mabushi. The N150,000 that belonged to my partner was also stolen, including my iPAD and blackberry phones. One of them asked me to remove my shirt, which I did.”
Another victim, Chineye Ukwu, who was almost rapped by the hoodlums, said, she was beaten and robbed by the hoodlums on her way to Gwarinpa.
“We boarded a taxi from Wuse Market going to Gwarinpa when one of the passengers asked the driver to stop him at a junction and as soon as the driver stopped, some group of boys with guns descended on us and threatened to shoot if we didn’t surrender our money,’’ she narrated.
She said they threatened to shoot them one after the other if they refused to corporate. It was at that juncture that one of the armed robbers pointed a gun at her head and ripped off her shirt, that it took the intervention of another passenger, who intervened on her behalf pleading that she be spared, the victim said.
A police source corroborated the story and said that the level of crime going on in Dumping Area in Mabushi is absolutely a social problem.
He said those criminals live inside the bush, picking up things for the purpose of refining them. We patrol the area; we arrest them when we see them. Majority of people living in that area are thieves, armed robbers, and criminals. There is little sufficient manpower for us to work with, we can’t engage people who have sophisticated weapons but we are trying our best to reduce crime in the area. They have graduated to where people are building houses to steal irons, blocks and they carry people’s generators as well,’’ the police source said.
The source also said that most of the armed robbers are ex-convicts they arrested in the past.
The police source also hinted that recently a young man was coming from Gishiri village to a house in Jahi and when he alighted from a vehicle beside Mabushi Ultra-Modern Market, two men accosted him with knives, dagger and a pistol, threatening to kill him if he didn’t corporate with them.
The people, who saw them identified the criminal as one of the armed robbers, who robbed and was sent to court recently and that he was bailed and now already on the street using the same dangerous weapons he used before to rob his victims, the police source said.
Mabushi Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent Ayobami Surajudeen, declined to comment on the incident when contacted.

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