‘Keep our Chrismas gifts’ – Robbers to Lagos residents

Residents of Joseph Harrison Estate in Yaba Lagos, have been thrown in a state of confusion after receiving an anonymous letters purportedly written by suspected armed robbers warning them of their visit during the Christmas season.

The letter which did not state any date for the impending visit, instructed the residents to prepare to pay season’s dues to them whenever they come calling.

It was further learned that the letter was placed on the vehicle of one of the residents and was discovered in the morning when he was about to wash his car.

The letter read in part:

“We are coming this week to collect our dues and to visit you tenants and landlords of Joseph Harrison Street in the week. If you like go and bring police or soldiers, we are coming to perform our duties.

If you cooperate, we will not kill, but if you fail to cooperate, blood will flow.”


A check at the estate revealed that sterner security measures have been put in place to protect lives and properties in the community just as the Chairman, Community Development Association (CDA) in the area, Bolanle Akinyemi, said the estate had enjoyed some peace for a long while as it was protected by guards and the police from Sabo Police Post.

“We are also mindful of the slum that surrounds us and we have been conscious of suspected criminals.

No one has received such letter before, but there was a case in 2013 when a company in the estate was robbed,” Akinyemi said.

The chairman said they have reported the threat to Sabo Police Division and more guards have been engaged at the estate while concerned residents have urged the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, to deploy more men to patrol the estate regularly.

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