By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
There was a mild drama at the weekend in Ekerin community of Omi-Adio area of Ibadan as members of the Otunba Gani Adams led Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) on Friday night stopped a gang of suspected armed robbers from carting away money contributed for the purchase of a new electric transformer for thecommunity.by landlords in the area.
New Nigerian gathered that trouble started when the armed robbers, stormed the area and raided about twenty different houses before they were repelled by OPC led by the Chairman of the group in Ido Local Government Area, Alhaji Muritala Ifawale
Sources in the communities raided said the armed robbers said to be about 25 in number during their operation carted away properties, including phones, laptops, jewelries and cash; and also injured some of the residents of the areas.
At the Ekerin community, the robbers were said to have invaded the residence of one of the executives of the landlords’ association in the community demanding for the money contributed by landlords for the purchase of a new electric transformer.
The said landlords’ association leader was said to have lied to the armed robbers that the money was not with him thereby making the armed robbers to threatened to kill him and his family members for refusing to disclose to them where the money was been kept
New Nigerian learnt that it was at this juncture that members of the
OPC arrived the place shooting sporadically into the armed with the armed robbers on sighting the OPC members engaged them in exchange of gunshots .
According to sources in the area, the exchange of gunshots between the robbers and OPC members lasted for about one hour, after which the armed robbers reportedly took to their heels after exhausting their bullets.
Some of the victims of the robbery attacks who blamed the invasion of their communities by the armed robbers on activities of most of the churches in the communities that were having night vigils as the noise from churches having night vigil programmes did not allow other residents to hear their shouts for help.