Residents of different communities in Lagos are now in panic mood after the dreaded One Million Boys wrote letters of their intending robbery operations and demanded that residents should keep money for them or be prepared to lose their hands.
NAN reports that in the letter addressed to Lagos residents, they emphatically stated that they were coming for robbery operations and that the residents should keep money for them and failure to do so will attract cutting off defaulters hands as punishment for not having money.
In their letter captioned Alert! Alert!! Alert!!! the robbers stated, “We the undefeated One Million Boys will visit your area soon. Keep money for us and if you fail to do so, we will cut off your hands during the operations”.
The warning has really instilled fear in residents, who had known how the dreaded bandits, One Million Boys operated in the past. The robbers may have tested the ground following the recent operations they carried out some days ago in various part of Lagos.
Some of the areas the gang numbering hundreds with assorted weapons attacked included Agege, Dopemu, Orisumbare, Idimu, Ejigbo, Ikotun, Isheri Oshun before they moved down to Orile, Mazamaza, Ojo and Ajegunle.
Following the rampage of the gang, the residents had tried to put up resistance by mobilising the youths in the areas with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons and setting up fire on the streets while keeping vigil throughout the nights.
The residents of Ejigbo in Isolo Local Government Area were not exempted as they formed resistance groups on the streets and with the support of the Police they were able to repel the terror and dominance of the notorious One Million Boys, who had been causing havoc in different LGAs in Lagos State.
The notorious group, which was said to have its origin in Ajegunle, has been responsible for large scale attacks on civilians living in Lagos State; armed robbery, rape, kidnapping and killings at extreme cases were the ways through which they spread terror in the state.
It was also reported that before the group begins its operation in any LGA, it send letters informing them of their imminent attack. The aim of the letter is to instill fear in the residents of the areas and because of their numbers, it usually difficult to resist them.
Some of the residents, who spoke to P.M.EXRESS, expressed their fear over the letter and the threat of cutting of hands despite the facts that many have exhausted their monies due to the lockdown over Coronavirus for several weeks now.
They appealed to the Police not to take the letter and warning for granted because they had done similar thing in Badagry area of Lagos, where they forced residents to drink the deadly insecticide known as Sniper.
However, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has assured Lagosians of protection of lives and property in the State which he had been up and doing with his officers from various Commands and Divisions before now. But what surprised many was how the One Million Boys mobilized and organized themselves to beat security men across the State to cause havoc in some areas.