Lagos State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi

Residents in the Shaiba area of Agege, Lagos State, have lamented incessant attacks by suspected members of a cult identified as Awawa Boys.

We gathered that the hoodlums, who struck on Sunday, robbed many residents of their valuables, and injured several others.

The attack was captured in a viral post on social media.

Our correspondent noted that the gang hacked a resident with what appeared like cutlasses and sticks.

A resident, who gave his name only as Segun, said the Shaiba area had become notorious for cult attacks, adding that the assailants usually robbed people in the daytime.

He said, “Shaiba is not a place anyone can just go to because it is a dangerous area in Agege. The hoodlums, who are mostly cultists, collect phones even in broad daylight and at night. That area of Agege is also notorious for the sale of hard drugs like cocaine, marijuana, and counterfeit naira notes.”

Another resident, who gave his name simply as Adeyemi, claimed that the police were avoiding the area.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said the police were working hard to rid Lagos of criminal elements, adding that Agege was no exception.

“Our men are on ground to ensure that lawlessness is nipped in the bud,” he added.

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