Some residents of Ajara, Ibereko, Lopo and Aradagun areas of Badagry in Lagos State say that they have been living in fear because of a gang, One Million Boys.
Investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria revealed that the hoodlums had been terrorising the area for about five days now.
NAN learnt that the no fewer than 40 hoodlums, usually armed with dangerous weapons, including guns and machetes, are fond robbing them of their valuables.
Shola Odunade, one of the victims of the nefarious group, told NAN that their mode of operation was to seek assistance from their target area from unsuspecting members of the public.
Thereafter, they will rob those who listened to their pleas, he said.
Odunade added that the hoodlums usually attacked their victims with machetes.
He said: “I was in my house when I heard some people shouting for help and I opened my door so that I could render help.
“That was when they descended on me.
“They stole my money, cellphone and laptop and they still inflicted injuries on me after they had robbed me of my valuables.
“There is need to beef up security around here because we are living in fear and this is not good at all.”
Another victim, who simply identified himself as Segun, said he was beaten into a pulp when the hoodlums searched him but they found nothing on him.
Segun said: “I was returning from an outing when I was accosted by the gang and they demanded that I must give them everything I had on me.
“When they realised I did not have anything on me, they began to beat me but I just managed to escape.”
A police source told NAN that two of the culprits had been arrested by the Badagry Police Division and were currently on the trail of the others.
The source said: “Yes, we are aware of the activities of the hoodlums.
“Two of them were arrested few weeks ago and they are standing trial.
“The suspects were arrested while hiding in the bush around Aradagun area of Badagry.
“The hoodlums are not from Badagry.
“They came from Ajangbadi area of Ojo Local Government but the leader of the group is from Badagry.
“We are investigating the matter and we are on the trail of the kingpin (names withheld).
“We will apprehend all those involved in the act.
“We appeal to the residents to always provide information to the police without fear.”