Lagos residents have been alerted on the new trick armed robbers now employ to carry out their attacks on unsuspecting victims in the state.
Spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmos, issued the alert in an interview on Sunday, July 3, in Lagos, against the backdrop of recent robbery attacks on residents.
Badmos reveals that the criminals, in an attempt to rob or kidnap their victims, now switch off running power generating sets or sometimes turn off tap water, to lure their victims out of their homes and then carry out their planned attack.
She warned residents to be careful when they discover that their generators stop working or notice water gushing out from their taps, at night.
Lagos residents are being advised to watch carefully before going out. If any strange movement is noticed, a call to the nearest police station should be made.
Badmos further enjoined residents to know the telephone numbers of the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) or station phone numbers close to them.
A recent victim, Tunji Ajayi, who was recently attacked by robbers at his home in the Agbado area of the state, confirmed the new tricks employed by the criminals.
Mr Ajayi narrates that the robbers turned off his generator while it was working at about 2am and when he refused to come out to check on it, they carried the generating set with them.
“When they could not gain access into my house, they became frustrated, they then decided to take away my generator. I left my generator on at night as usual, but at about 2 a.m, the generator suddenly went off.
“I took my time to observe what must have happened through the window before stepping out, but suddenly, I heard footsteps, so I decided to stay back. When the criminals realized that I was not coming out immediately, they decided to take away my generator.”