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|Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by homody(m): 5:12am On Nov 16|
Nigerians, who have embraced Point of Sales (POS) as business and a means of survival, are now living in fear as robbers have turned attention on them.
Operators at Mowe in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State and those in Ayobo area of Lagos State, who have already experienced the venoms of these robbers, are still recounting their ordeal in the hands of the men of the underworld.
At Mowe community in Ogun State, residents were alleged to have got used to their homes and shops being burgled. They also accepted that nothing could be done by security agents in the state about incessant cases of motorcycles snatching, but presently, they are visibly perturbed following the latest attacks on POS operators.
The daredevil robbers, on most nights, will attack the homes of operators and dispossessed the victims of all their money, used in transacting the business. They also collect other valuables.
One of their victims at Mowe, who gave her name simply as Alhaja Bola, explained that she and her husband were sleeping with their children when the robbers scaled the fence of their building and gained entry into the compound. That was about midnight.
She said: “When they came in, none of us knew they were already inside the sitting room. They started shouting, ‘where is the money? Where is the money?’ When I heard the strange voices, I stood up from my bed. The next person I met on the way was one of the robbers, who marched me to my children’s rooms and ordered everyone to get up.
“The robbers were young boys between ages of 18 and 25. They ordered my children and I to lay face-down and threatened to kill whoever dared to look at them. At that point, a lot of things went through my mind. But most importantly, I thought of my children; I didn’t want anything to happen to them. I prayed.
“While this was going on, three among the robbers went into the rooms and assigned two people to guard us. To my shock, the robbers ransacked the whole apartment and brought out every valuable they could find. They also collected about 10 phones from my children and carted away N500,000 I use for my POS transactions.”
Bola added that the robbers, who were armed with locally-made guns, took their time to finish the operation before leaving two hours later.
She said: “They then went to Olajide Close where they also spent additional two hours and robbed a couple of their money and valuables.
“As I speak with you now, I have not overcome the trauma of the robbery attack. Even my children, who are adults, are also afraid to sleep in their rooms. None of us had ever had a gun pointed at him or her, let alone my children.”
Bola’s son, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the robbers came fully prepared for the operations. He said the robbers took their time in ransacking the apartment and carted whatever tickled their fancy.
He disclosed that after the incident, the matter was reported at Mowe Police Divisional Headquarters for possible arrest of the suspects, but no arrest had been made.
Our correspondent, who went to the community, heard from angry residents that policemen in the axis preferred chasing cyclists and extorting money from them, to embarking on patrol of communities.
Our correspondent also went to Olajide Close, but the victims of the robbers attack were not at home.
On June 20, another set of robbers stormed Mukadamu Street, where a POS operator was also robbed of N1 million in her home.
The victim, who gave her name as Barakat alias ‘Iya Road Safety’, said that fateful day was a day she would never forget for as long as she lived.
She said: “That fateful day, I started transaction on a good note, but about 1a.m. we were sleeping when the strange visitors came and started banging on our gate. They ordered us to open the door and threatened to deal with us if they found their way into our apartment themselves.
“Out of panic, my husband didn’t open the door. They finally scaled the fence to gain access into our compound. When they got into our sitting room, my husband and I had already said our last prayers; because we thought they would do as they had earlier threatened.
“Luckily for us, they didn’t touch us, but they ransacked the rooms for money and valuables. They came out with N1 million. It was the money I had just collected from the cooperative society. I wanted to use the money to boost my business. Immediately I saw the bag containing the money, I urinated on my body. I knew there was no way I could return the money to the cooperative.”
Barakat added that since the incident, police had not been able to arrest the suspects, while she now depended on her children to feed. She said that the robbery wrecked her business.
A police source at Mowe Divisional Headquarters told our correspondent that on a daily basis, they received complaints of POS operators being attacked. The source said that the police were already having a series of meetings with the operators on precautionary methods of doing business in a community like Mowe and its environs.
At House No. 5, Shotayo Adebayo Street, Abesan in Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, a similar attack was carried out. One of the victims is Mrs. Nike Akande.
The woman narrated how the robbers collected money in her apartment, which she had earlier took as a loan from cooperative society. She disclosed that the robbery left her devastated.
Akande, a widow, who lost her husband four years ago, decided to go into POS business as a result of her ill health. She revealed that since the death of her husband, things had not been the same for her and her children.
She said: “I was given N1.2 million by my husband’s family members after the demise of my husband, to take care of my children. I decided to go into POS business, so as to have a close look on my younger children, because my first daughter just got admission into the University of Ibadan to study Medicine and Surgery.
“Thank God when I started the business, there was little patronage, but as time progressed, people started coming and the money was yielding profit. I used to close business at 7p.m.. I don’t go beyond that hour.
“On that fateful day, I was about to lock the main gate to our compound when three guys hijacked the gate from me and forced their way into my compound. Before I realised what was happening, they had brought out guns and ordered me into my sitting room. Unfortunately, none of our neighbours knew what was happening.
“When the robbers entered the sitting room, they sat on a couch and asked me to entertain them. Out of panic, I went into the kitchen and got them soft drinks, after which I begged and told them that I was a widow, that they should have mercy on me. I became speechless when they told me how much they came to rob from me.
“When I pleaded with them, I was told to go and bring N1 million. I begged them that the only money I had in the house was N500,000. They collected the money and asked me to pray for them, which I did and then they left. It was after they had gone that I ran out and started shouting; it was my cries that attracted my tenants. We checked round the whole community if we could get them, unfortunately, we couldn’t trace them. That was how I lost my money.”
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, refused to pick his calls neither did he reply to the text message sent to him to confirm the attacks on POS operators.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana said, Point of Sales Operators should take security issue serious especially in a business environment.
Elkana, However, Said, such a cases are isolated one, POS Operations should install Close Circuit Camera in their shops where they are doing business, so that if such incident occurred, Police would be able to analyse the video and go after the robbers.’
“There was a time, when a game centre was robbed, it was the CCTV footage that exposed the robbers and they were arrested.”
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by johnmba: 5:15am On Nov 16|
Nice write up
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by homody(m): 5:18am On Nov 16|
Please push this to front page to alert POS operators to be security conscious.
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by CanadaOrBust: 5:30am On Nov 16|
Unemployed youth everywhere. Meanwhile the one non-violent way they have (yahoo yahoo) is being persecuted like it’s worse than murder
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by nairamaniac: 5:33am On Nov 16|
One of the robbers, spotted here.
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by olureignforever: 5:40am On Nov 16|
I knew it will get to this someday. Lazy youths
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by johnmba: 6:02am On Nov 16|
How. The op stated the obvious
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by unikwa: 6:38am On Nov 16|
Fix the roads.
Fix power problems.
That would help create jobs for all these hungry youths who are terrorizing the country with robberies.
You can't leave people without jobs, and expect low crime rate.
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by heendrix(m): 7:24am On Nov 16|
las las the poor hustling citizens are at the receiving end of the Government's carelessness
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Nostradamus: 9:21am On Nov 16|
All our past leaders in this country should be stoned to death.they ruin this country now the frustrated youths have taken to violent crimes.
The funny thing is that the criminal youths don't go near the wicked leaders who brought this upon them rather they attack poor,helpless victims who are just managing to get by.
As for the lazy youths,there's no excuse for going into crime. I wish we'd bring back public executions(like in the days of anini and others)maybe watching convicted criminal youths getting shot will serve as a big deterrent to potential criminals.
The pos operators,i dey very sorry for your losses. Maybe y'all should start installing CCTVs in your stall. If few robbers get caught and bag the proscribed penalty for armed robbery,death sentence. Trust me, other thieves will sit up and go find better work do instead of lazying around and waiting for the next victim they'd rob.
I might even go into importation of quality CCTV cameras sef.
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Jabioro: 10:03am On Nov 16|
johnmba:Can you imagine yourself...to be speaking from anus
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Kendumazy(m): 12:00pm On Nov 16|
This is one of the reasons why anything called technological development will always japaa upon hearing Nigeria! People always abusing development.
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by wiseworld(m): 12:40pm On Nov 16|
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by ursullalinda(f): 4:06pm On Nov 16|
Crime rate is so high now....like 2 pple I know has talked about this Mowe stealing.....everybody should be more security conscious.....there hunger in the land and Police no send you.... May God help us oh
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Conceptman: 4:06pm On Nov 16|
the way this country dey go, e be like sey nobody go dey sleep o
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Passionate888: 4:08pm On Nov 16|
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Kennitrust(m): 4:08pm On Nov 16|
Our situation in this country is not finding solution soon. I'm speechless seeing how insecure we are in this part of the world
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Aturitoroman: 4:08pm On Nov 16|
Na wa o
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Oluwadamilare118(m): 4:09pm On Nov 16|
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by TataFeet: 4:09pm On Nov 16|
Niger which way
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by AudioMonkey: 4:09pm On Nov 16|
The only safe way to use POS is for accepting payment for goods but if you turn yourself to Central bank or ATM spot dispensing raw cash, even police sef go change uniform, come visit you like a thief in the night.
Na Naija we dey, nobody suppose dey do like JJC again, even Musa sef don gather enough experience for gate side.
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Oluwadamilare118(m): 4:12pm On Nov 16|
The public need to be aware of this info.
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by solmusdesigns: 4:14pm On Nov 16|
As yahoo no one pay again, boys don upgrade enter armed robery
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by ednut1(m): 4:15pm On Nov 16|
The business is risky and should be declared illegal
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by AmazingELixir: 4:16pm On Nov 16|
Miscreants will comment on diswan without bothering to read through the write up...long read ain't their thing
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|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by Powersurge: 4:20pm On Nov 16|
It's one thing to be poor, it's another thing to sink into the abyss of hopelessness. Many Nigerians are sinking into hopelessness. We are gradually losing our humanity.
|Re: Robbers Target POS Operators In Ogun State by NaijaHeadlines: 4:20pm On Nov 16|
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