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Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by EcoBrick: 10:37am On Mar 13
ON MARCH 13, 2021

•Extort, batter, dehumanize brazenly

•Intimidate, harass, subject motorists, passers-by to untold hardship

•Create gridlocks for daylight robbery

•Victims allege government complicity



By Chimaobi Nwaiwu – Onitsha

The commercial city of Anambra state is indeed something else. Beyond commercial activities, particularly buying and selling which it is known for, the bustling city can conveniently be said to be under siege by a terror gang as a result of the number of hoodlums that operate freely in and around it.

While daily commercial transactions are going on inside the city, one of the busiest areas called Upper Iweka to Head Bridge axis are always under the control of daredevil hoodlums who unleash terror on innocent motorists by forcefully jumping into their vehicles to extort one form of levy or the other. Unsuspecting passers-by are not left out in the crisis that will ensue.



Baptism of fire in thuggery
Members of the vicious gang who are always clad in dirty rags with frightful hairdos are simply outlaws as they carry out their nefarious activities even in the full glare of law enforcement agents.

They are always armed with dangerous weapons like cudgels, pocket knives, sticks and even hidden local guns.

For a first time visitor to the commercial nerve centre of the east, the baptism of fire in thuggery and hooliganism starts from the head bridge and extends precariously towards Upper Iweka and the adjoining streets.

However, the story takes a different tune when one gets inside the city where traders who engage in a beehive of commercial activities live and enjoy their lives peacefully.


The alarming and fearful activities of young men who in broad daylight wield all types of dangerous weapons to extort money by harassing motorists, tricycle operators and even those on foot have beclouded what Onitsha really is, the biggest commercial city in West Africa.

Broad daylight attacks
In broad daylight, in traffic gridlock, these hoodlums armed with dangerous weapons openly harass and extort money from motorists in the name of all manner of levies; they fear nobody, including Police, Army, Navy, DSS and Civil Defense operatives.

They brazenly operate unhindered and any attempt to resist them results to open fracas, intimidation and harassment which always end up in bloody fights with the victims sustaining injuries.

Victims said no iota of pleading will ever make them change their minds as the only language they understand is just drop the money and go.


They operate and behave as if they are government or law unto themselves. Unfortunately, law enforcement agents entrusted with the responsibility of checkmating them view their activities as normal and hustling.

They only challenge them whenever they step on the toes of people in authority either in government or security circles.

Fear grip traders, motorists
Members of these gangs have succeeded in instilling fear in the minds of traders no matter how rich they are by operating freely in front of their shops without intervention from either the market unions or security agents.

Their criminal activities are not even limited to unsuspecting customers who throng the city from far and near. They are dreaded and avoided like a plague whenever they embark on open extortion of money from their victims.

These terror gangs go by different fearful and meaningless names that make victims who encounter them take to their heels after extorting them.

They are ready to fight at any time to have their way with the victims and boasts of being untouchables by government and law enforcement agents who actually know them and allow them to operate freely and unhindered.

They reek of alcohol 24 hours. They are simply a huge source of embarrassment to residents and visitors to Onitsha.


Petty traders as victims
Frighteningly, they also extort money from petty traders and market women, who sell items such as vegetables, fruits and other consumable sellers who make lesser than N2000 daily.

They spare nobody including wheelbarrow pushers. In the attempt to extort, they brazenly jump into moving vehicles, remove part of the goods loaded in the vehicles; or seize goods loaded on tricycles, wheelbarrows and carts just to force their victims to succumb. An unlucky victim may meet over six of the terror groups in a day in various parts of the town.


Areas where they operate
Areas notorious for their activities include: Old Market and New Market road, the road that connects Onitsha North Local Government Area with the popular Onitsha Main Market; Marine Market and Ose Okwodu Market areas, Iweka road that connects Onitsha South Local Government with the popular Ochanja Central Market; Port Harcourt road, Creek road, Oguta road, New Cemetery road, Ezeiweka road, Awada, Court road, Water Site, Emejulu street, Onitsha Owerri road, Onitsha Enugu expressway starting from Niger Bridge Head up to Zik’s Roundabout.

They are also visible around New and Old Spare Parts Market, Nkpor, as well as Nkpor Flyover, among others.

They are authority unto themselves and understand one common language of intimidation, harassment and extortion unchallenged.

Negligent government
Anambra State government has not helped matters either as they keep collecting all manner of levies from individuals they call contractors, who subsequently, employed some of the boys that have turned to terror gangs and ravaging the city in the name of collecting the levies for them.

Many of the terror gangs on their own hide under the name of the contractors and embark on illegal activities.

Failed attempt for sanity
An attempt by a former Commissioner for Transport in the state, Dr Christian Maduako (who was later kidnapped when he resigned and advised Governor Obiano to take charge of his administration) to tame the violent activities of the terror gang with the formation of a group called ‘Focused Initiative Against Touting’, FIAT, was frustrated by the people the gangs were working for.

For over two weeks, the Commissioner and his FIAT operatives succeeded in arresting and prosecuting some of them at the Mobile Court set up for FIAT. Sanity temporarily returned in Onitsha and the violent activities of the terror gang reduced.

However, shortly, with the intervention of some highly placed people who have the ears of the State Government, the mobile court became ineffective, the Commissioner and his outfit became weak and at a point FIAT officials were attacked and wounded by the terror gang and the state government did nothing to protect their officials, including the Commissioner who then sought for the protection of the police and DSS officials.

The attack on FIAT officials marked the end of the fight against touting and the boys returned to business, now more deadly.

Allegations of government complicity
The impression by the public was that the contractors have gone to bribe some powerful senior government officials who control the administration, especially when Dr Maduako became difficult to be settled as he was rather busy searching for the leaders and sponsors of the terror gangs to arrest them.

One of the traders who identified himself as Chief Okeke told Crime Guard that the city has never had it so bad. According to him, passing through Upper Iweka and Head bridge area of the city is simply a nightmare.

These hoodlums operate brazenly and extort money from both motorists and passers-by in the full glare of law enforcement agents.

If you are a first-timer to the city, you will shed tears after experiencing their mode of operation.


Woe betide you if you fail to respond to their demand. If the state government cannot checkmate these atrocities, the federal government should urgently intervene because Nigerians from different areas of the country and beyond are victims and it does not speak well of Igbos.
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/03/reign-of-terror-in-onitsha-as-daredevil-gangs-unleash-mayhem/

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by GidiHausAgent(m): 10:40am On Mar 13
Insecurity everywhere

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by 7lives: 10:45am On Mar 13
Simplyleo:
If they like, make them chop themselves alive.

What I know is that online country go sweat die. cheesy

I no wan laugh I beg grin grin grin

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Monogamy: 10:48am On Mar 13
shocked sad

I have been begging to ask, was ESN created only for herdsmen?

How about the drug pushers, kidnappers, armed robbers, Baby factory in SE states?

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by gidgiddy: 11:00am On Mar 13
Monogamy:
shocked sad

I have been begging to ask, was ESN created only for herdsmen?

How about the drug pushers, kidnappers, armed robbers, Baby factory?

Was the Police created for the fun of it?

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by chiagozien(m): 11:00am On Mar 13
Monogamy:
shocked sad

I have been begging to ask, was ESN created only for herdsmen?

How about the drug pushers, kidnappers, armed robbers, Baby factory?
I have been also asking,HOW MANY SKULL MINERS,YAHOO BOY,RAPISTS HAS AMOTEKUN CAUGHT.abi Amotekun is only meant to fight Fulanis.

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by mcbreeze: 11:04am On Mar 13
This is true nothing but truth. Anambra state government is doing well at all. Those act has become an eye sore in the city of Onitsha.

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Enoch07: 11:06am On Mar 13
all this comments above sef!!

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Monogamy: 11:08am On Mar 13
chiagozien:
I have been also asking,HOW MANY SKULL MINERS,YAHOO BOY,RAPISTS HAS AMOTEKUN CAUGHT.abi Amotekun is only meant to fight Fulanis.

Don't derail the thread..

This thread is about Anambra and stick to that.

Thank you

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Monogamy: 11:09am On Mar 13
gidgiddy:


Was the Police created for the fun of it?

Stick to the thread and answer the question.

Was ESN created only for herdsmen?

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by chiagozien(m): 11:11am On Mar 13
Monogamy:


Don't derail the thread..

This thread is about Anambra and stick to that.

Thank you
If only you had stick to the topic.

Now Answer the question.

HOW MANY SKULL
MINERS,YAHOO
BOY,RAPISTS HAS
AMOTEKUN CAUGHT.abi
Amotekun is only meant to fight Fulanis.

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Gbagura: 11:11am On Mar 13
Family business shouldn't concern nairaland. Who cares if they chop off each other's heads? Wetin concern us

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Monogamy: 11:13am On Mar 13
chiagozien:
Answer the question.

HOW MANY SKULL
MINERS,YAHOO
BOY,RAPISTS HAS
AMOTEKUN CAUGHT.abi
Amotekun is only meant to fight Fulanis.

That question seems challenging to some of you guys...

I understand and could be indirect answer by shifting goal post

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by chiagozien(m): 11:15am On Mar 13
Monogamy:


That question seems challenging to some of you guys...

I understand and could be indirect answer by shifting goal post
If the question i asked is not hard for you,then answer me.

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Monogamy: 11:17am On Mar 13
chiagozien:
If the question i asked is not hard for you,then answer me.

Why not create thread about the Yoruba whatever and mention me.

Stop derailing this thread if you can't answer the question.

Moreover you quote me first... so stop

So derailing is an act of half cleverness

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Nobody: 11:22am On Mar 13
KWARUPTION sorry CORRUPTION.




I saw same thing, every check point had a form of gazibo. You just have to tip this people.


Worst part is that the government both state and government might not be aware. Regardless they being aware, they don't give a fvck grin



Enjoy this tenure please and quite complaining.


Next election,sense must've fallen on anyone that permits grin



For now, I wan retire go any eastern state go enjoy free green nature, void of industries and their noisy wahala. I'm tired of smoking CO2
Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by BF69BF(f): 11:23am On Mar 13
Drunken state with a drunk for governor, little surprise the state is full of drunk citizens.


#IgboAmaka oshi

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Racoon(m): 11:24am On Mar 13
Cursed souls who have sold their souls to satan disturbing the peace of the ndi Anambra.Can the military descend on this evil people?

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Abaman001(m): 11:24am On Mar 13
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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by SenatePresdo(m): 11:25am On Mar 13
Hmm, I grew up in onitsha, but no amount of hustle will make me to be a permanent resident of that city.
Those touts will make you look like a useless coward, and if you try to challenge them, you can even be stabbed to death.

It's this level of lawlessness that made Former Gov. Mbadinuju to call the Bakassi boys.
It's like we are going to square one again.

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by yeyeboi(m): 11:25am On Mar 13
Ok
Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by haybhi1(m): 11:26am On Mar 13
You want to attract attention to your communal plight through your write-up, yet you went ahead to make an unverified claim that "Onitsha is the biggest commercial city in West Africa".

This hogwash alone is enough to predict your whole write up might reek of false concoctions. Only people who share your experience would take you serious.

Who made the statistics? Have you been to Lagos, Kano among other stellar commercial centres in Nigeria? Have you been to Conakry, Cotonou, Bamako, Lome, Accra, Oaugadougou, Freetown, Dakar, Banjul, Abidjan and Monrovia before?

Just dey spew thrash upandan. Enjoy your braying jare.

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Slynation(m): 11:27am On Mar 13
The OP has spoken well, it's indeed very rampant in Onitsha axis or places closer to busy areas...

Firstly, I'm very disappointed with some of my Igbo brothers countering this thread in the name of protecting the Eastern zone and shifting blames to other zones, how can we be suffering and smiling because you want to show the Yorubas online that the Eastern zone is free from all this atrocities and thereby tagging the post fake news...

I've witnessed two encounters with them, the first time was when I didn't use the overhead bridge in Lagos park (upper iweka) I was innocently crossing the road to board a bus, when a haggardly looking guy grabbed me by my belt like a common criminal saying I should follow him to their office, I looked at him, ordinarily...he is someone I would have given the beatings of his life in a one on one fisticuffs battle, but I tried to talk sense to him before I unleashed my venom but before I could finish making a sentence 4 other agberos were dragging me by my shirt and glory be to God I didn't create a scene that might have led to people already eaten & forgotten about the taste of my rice at my funeral....As a guyman, I came down to their level by switching to Igbo street slangs, they told me to pay 10K but after much deliberations, I parted ways with my hard earned 2K just for nothing, my only annoyance was that all along those useless soldiers was closeby, staring, busy watching me been harrassed like a criminal...

The second case was during the yuletide period which was the most painful and annoying experience, I bought goods and the useless barrow guy diverted to the lane and stopped saying I should pay one agbero guy like that, I thought it was a joke, I said ok, me thinking it was something of 50-100box maximum was asked to pay 1k (I was shocked, how much will I now pay the barrow guy was the question i asked and the idiot said "Nka, a gbasara'm" meaning that one no concern am) Then I noticed I have too much time to spare coupled with frustration and anger of the market inflated prices and the fact say "I be craze man for my formal life" To cut the story short, we created a big scene there and I ended up paying 5K for damages to their Oga for something I would have applied diplomatic measures, I was shaah disappointed with myself when I got home because I know those guys has nothing to lose and that was the first time I fought in public...!!

The only advice I do tell people now is that I realized those guys gat strong back up from top individuals, nobi everything gragra dey solve, instead it will only worsen the whole situation, so many people have been injured/killed in the cause of dragging issues with them and nobody will do anything about it, the government of Anambra State needs to do something really fast because unnecessary extortion is now a lucrative business in Anambra state....

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Lovelyn451(f): 11:27am On Mar 13
ndi otu Onitsha, Una don start again
Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by kollinz1234(m): 11:28am On Mar 13
I think this is what Dave Umahi was trying to say when he said the east don't need a regional security outfit because each of the Eastern state has it own peculiar security challenges and different security outfit used in checking those challenges. Anyways, the east is the most peaceful region in this country, they shouldn't spoil it please

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Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by FreeSpirited: 11:28am On Mar 13
Future Endsars
Re: Reign Of Terror In Onitsha As Daredevil Gangs Unleash Mayhem by Chiminemine(m): 11:29am On Mar 13
They fear nobody, dss, army, navy, police an co?? grin . My brother army and navy no suppose dey dat your list.. because if army people or navy show up grin even their shadow go leave them run.


The fear of army and navy is the beginning of long life. Unless you want to die young.

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