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Police Deploys Personnel As Abuja Community Receives Letter From Robbers

The robbers dispersed the letter across the community, forcing many of its residents to evacuate.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has deployed its personnel to Mpape Phase II, a community near Maitama in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, after residents received a letter purportedly written by armed robbers, HumAngle has learnt.

The letter which was obtained by The Punch, did not specify when the robbers will pay the visit but warned every household to have at least N100,000 available in cash.

Titled ‘Business Operations,’ it reads: “Hello friends, this is to inform you that we are coming for an operation very soon in this area. By this letter you are directed to have at least N100,000 ready to make it easy for us or you face dire consequences. If you like to call the police or army, nobody can stop us. Yours, The Arch.”

The incident is reported to have stirred fear in residents with some already moving out after copies of the letter were found strewn around the community.    

When HumAngle contacted the FCT Command Spokesperson, ASP Mariam Yusuf, she confirmed the incident and urged residents to report any suspicious movements.

The trend

In June 2021, residents of Olopa Estate, Ofatedo Area, Egbedore Local Government Area (LGA) of Osun State got a handwritten notice, written in both English and Yoruba languages by robbers who demanded for N20 million or they would attack.

A threat notice was pasted in the Dejuwogbo community, Oke-Ota Ona, Ikorodu in December 2020 by suspected robbers. The criminals threatened to attack on “Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and demanded maximum cooperation.”

Also, in 2014, armed robbers purportedly wrote the residents of Palmgrove area of Lagos State, threatened to kill if they were hindered and described their visit as “the second coming of Jesus.”

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