Fears As Consistent Gunshots Are Heard In Lagos Community

Residents of the Abule Taylor community in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State have urged the government and security agents to take necessary moves over consistent gunshots always heard in the area at late hours, Naija News reports.

The citizens during an interaction with journalists lamented incessant gunshots heard every midnight in the area.

One of the residents who spoke with The PUNCH disclosed that they sleep with one eye open in the area due to the development.

The resident who identified himself simply as Biggie lamented also the activities of burglars and miscreants causing unrest in the community.

According to him, many residents have noticed the consistent gunshots, adding that he recently got a call from a neighbour while another shooting was going on.

“A neighbour called my phone one midnight to alert me when he heard the gunshots. I told him that wasn’t the first time such was happening. It has been the case since a man in the neighbourhood was shot dead inside his house while wrestling with armed robbers,” the news platform quoted the resident as saying.

Another resident, Kola Ajayi, told newsmen that he had the same experience in 2019 in the community. “It was after the community hired vigilantes that the gunshots stopped. Now, the situation is repeating itself,” he said.

Speaking with newsmen, the Chairman, Abule Taylor Community Development Association, Oluwaniyi Emmanuel, said it has been a while since he heard the sound of a gun.

He, however, acknowledged the activities of miscreants and burglars in the area.

Emmanuel said, “The house opposite the open space where we hold our CDA meetings was recently broken into by burglars who carted away all the property. The principal culprit is from Abiodun Aina Street. He has been disowned by his mother.

“Also, armed robbers do attack and extort those who use Automated Teller Machines in the area. The kiosks where alcoholic drinks are sold in the area are becoming a safe haven for criminals who launch operations from the base.

“We’ve complained to the Lagos State Government, but no serious action was taken. The joint CDA wrote a letter to the Commissioner of Police to deploy officers in the area. However, what the officers were doing was checking vehicle particulars.”

On his part, the CDA Assistant Chairman, Okolo Chukwuedo, said, “There was a time a man was killed on the street where the CDA chairman lives. His house was broken into by the people who shot him dead.”

The State Police Command, however, has not yet issued any official statement on the recent development in the area, Naija News understands.

This article was originally published on Naija News

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