Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have attacked motorists on the Long Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the wee hours of Wednesday.
In a video seen by DAILY GIST, Motorists cried for help as they reportedly ran into the armed gang.
The attack, which was backed by sporadic shooting by the armed robbers, led to serious panic among passengers in the early hours of Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses said they encountered the same attack on Tuesday.
In one of the videos, the narrator was heard saying: “This is the same thing that happened yesterday.
“You can see now that all of us are on standstill now, There is robbery going on in the front, can you hear gunshots now and there is no police presence. Please we need help.”
Motorists and passengers seen on the bridge appeared anxious while some were heard praying for safety.
A cleric, Gbenga Obaleye, who shared his experience on Facebook, stated that he witnessed the attack around the Kara Cattle Market.
He said when those that scampered to safety returned, they discovered that their money, ATM cards, phones and other valuable items had gone missing.
“This is not to spoil any tribe. Members in my church were coming from camp this morning at 5.30am. The Fulani came out from Kara where they used to sell cows. 20 people have been taken into the bush, that little bush,” he stated.
In another post, he said, “Please, be careful at Kara. Fulani have been kidnapping people. God just saved a family in our church now. Please, don’t start rushing home from camp. Let it be like 7.30am.”
A cleric, who identified himself only as Pastor Adebayo in a voice note that went viral on Tuesday, said the incident happened around 6.20am.
“Right in front, they were taking people away. I had to escort my wife away from the incident which I did by behaving as if I was a bandit abducting someone and leading the person into the bush. That was how we were able to escape.
“By the time we came back to pick up our car, they had ransacked it and carted away our bags, laptop, phone and others.”
“They masked up and were with guns and machetes.”
Adebayo claimed that he reported the matter at the Ogba Police Station in Lagos.
The Ogun State Police Command had reacted to the Tuesday attack
The Command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, denied that anyone was kidnapped, saying it was fake news.
He said, “In order to dispel the wicked rumour which is capable of causing panic in the mind of the public, the command wishes to inform the public that the said news is nothing but fake and a lie from the pit of hell.
“There is nothing like kidnapping of one, talkless of 20 persons at the Kara bridge or anywhere along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“Those behind the fake news are mere mischief makers, who always derive joy from causing unnecessary panic in the mind of innocent members of the public.”
The police spokesman noted that in view of the road construction in the axis, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered a 24-hour surveillance patrol of the area to checkmate the activities of hoodlums who might want to take advantage of the traffic to perpetrate evils.
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