Residents of Old Edo College Road in Benin City, Edo State have fled their houses following alleged incessant robbery attacks by a suspected robbery kinpin who also operate as cultist in the area.
The robbery suspect identified as Papa ( alias fly), it was gathered, operates with other criminal elements who specialize in stealing vehicles’ batteries from owners’ premises during wee hours
Sources said that Papa has been terriorizing residents of Old Edo College Road in the last few months with gun upon which those who refused to surrender their money are allegedly beaten up with his gang members who openly smoke Indian hemp.
Resident who spoke to our correspondent, Mr Godwin Blessing alleged that the said Papa and his gang members have always boasted publicly that the police cannot arrest them because they will always have their way when ever any attempt is made on them, adding that” We have written several petitions to the police to come to our aid to no avail. The police keep promising us but they won’t come to help us out”
It was further gathered that the suspected robbery kinpin and his gang members allegedly operate with sophisticated weapons including” heavy guns’ for their Operations, a situation that had resulted in residents of the street fled their houses for fear of the unknown especially during nightfall
The head of the street( Odionwere) Pa Osaghae Johnson who also spoke to our correspondent said”many people have abandoned their houses for other places because of Papa and his gang members who are robbing people at gunpoint. They steal vehicles’ batteries from Owners’ premises. They will beat up residents.We are appealing to the police to come to our aid and rescue us from the hand of Papa and his gang members”
Further investigation revealed that Papa’s father who once lived opposite street of Old Edo College Road before he died, allegedly placed a curse on him for his nefarious activities, especially his penchant for stealing, among others.
Police Public Relations Officer in the State, SP Kontongs Bello when contacted said he was yet to receive such information, adding that” the police have never received any information about the said robbery kinpin and his gang members. The police will however swing into action for investigation and take necessary action to ensure that the suspects are brought to arrest soon. “