A few hours after the Ogun State Police Command denied rumours that 20 persons were kidnapped at the Kara bridge, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, armed robbers on Wednesday took over the axis.
The criminals invaded the long bridge, causing motorists, traders and residents to run for dear lives.
The robbers were said to have dispossessed people of their phones, cash and other valuables at gunpoint.
Although the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered 24-hour surveillance of the highway, eyewitnesses said the hoodlums had a field day as there was no one to challenge them.
“Around 5 am to 6 am, the armed robbers stormed the Warewa bridge, shooting. I left my bus and fled to hide. My passengers also fled. It was a very scary experience. There were no policemen to stop these thieves,” a commercial driver,” Joseph, said.
Another source, who did not want to be mentioned, said policemen later arrived at the scene, “but that was after the assailants had left.”
Police Spokesman in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyemi, has confirmed the incident, saying the robbers had escaped by what he called a ‘slim chance’, stating, however, that they will be apprehended.
“We are very sure they will all be apprehended within a short time,” he claimed.
Oyeyemi enjoined residents to go about their daily activities without any fear, assuring that policemen are on the trail of the robbers, who he claimed, escaped through a bushy part.