With less than 18 days to Christmas, some suspected armed robbers have written some residents of Lagos state warning that they pay their season’s dues to them on a date not mentioned.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted a resident of Joseph Harrison Estate, Yaba, who got the letter from the bandits on Wednesday, as saying that they notified them of their impending attack to collect their “dues” for the festive season.
Another resident said the note, which was placed on his vehicle, was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday when he was about to wash his car.
The letter read: ”We are coming this week to collect our dues and to visit you tenants and landlords of Joseph Harrison Street in the week. If you like go and bring police or soldiers, we are coming to perform our duties.
”If you cooperate, we will not kill, but if you fail to cooperate, blood will flow.”
Checks by NAN at the estate on Tuesday revealed that sterner security measures have been put in place to protect lives and properties in the community.
Lending voice on the matter, Bolanle Akinyemi, Chairman, Community Development Association, said the estate had enjoyed some peace for a long while as it was protected by guards and the police from Sabo Police Post.
”We are also mindful of the slum that surrounds us and we have been conscious of suspected criminals,” he said, adding that ”No one has received such letter before, but there was a case in 2013 when a company in the estate was robbed.”
The chairman said they have reported the threat to Sabo Police Division and more guards have been engaged at the estate.
Concerned residents urged the commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni to deploy more officers to patrol the estate regularly.