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Tricycle armed robbers rob 50 in Onitsha

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

It was a mournful day for residents and street traders at Obanye, Iboku and Old Market roads in Onitsha, Anambra state, as daredevil tricycle (keke ) armed robbers robbed over 50 of them last Monday.

This paper gathered that the robbers, riding in two tricycles at about 8.00am, first stormed the Iboku/Obanye Junction where they robbed whoever that was within reach.

According to a victim who simply identified himself as Onyeka, “I was passing through this Old Market Road this morning (Monday) when two tricycles that had gun and machete-wielding occupants attacked us. All too suddenly, they ordered me and two others, at gunpoint, to surrender all what we had on us.”

“They collected my handset, N4,000, ATM card and wrist watch and ordered me to run away as they faced the two others.”

“They were up to eight in those two tricycles and only two rushed to us while others faced other victims.

They were very fast in the operation during which many people were robbed within five minutes as they faced Obanye street. The robbers, after robbing Obanye residents turned to Old Market Road where they robbed about 15 persons at a spot called ‘Ukwu Fruit’.”

Another victim, Mrs Okam Echerem, who disclosed that she lives in Okpoko stated that, “they collected the whole money that I had on me which I wanted to use for purchases at the main market, about N25,000.

I boarded tricycle from Peace Park at Upper Iweka to main market and, on approaching Post Office, we rammed into the robbers and they robbed the three of us, passengers”

“Government should do something now because the tricycle armed robbers, I was told, operate on daily basis and nobody challenges them. The police no longer come out or respond to distress calls. We are in trouble.”
Also, an eye witness who pleaded anonymity, opined that “Onitsha is bad now; keke armed robbers have taken over Onitsha, Nkpor and environs.”

At Nkpor junction, once it is 7pm, everybody will be on the run, just like it happened here today (Monday).”

“If not for the vigilante groups, by now, we would have gone to the villages. May God save us from these men of underworld.”

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