Police allay residents’ fear as robbers write Osun community, demand N20m
TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
The Osun State Police Command has allayed the fears of residents of Olofa Estate, Ofatedo, in the State, over a threat letter written to them by a gang of robbers informing them of an impending attack unless a sum of N20m is contributed for them.
The community has been thrown into panic after receiving the letter dropped in some strategic areas by the suspected robbers on Wednesday.
In the letters sighted on Thursday, the robbers threatened to kill all the guards in the community, adding that no house would be spared during the attack.
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A copy of the note read in part, “This is to inform you all that we thieves are coming to this community. We won’t spare any house or else you contribute a sum of N20m and keep it with the chairman. We will only visit and take the money from him. We will kill all your watchmen if they try to stop us. We are coming with full force.”
The letters were written in both Yoruba and English, according to a resident of the area who didn’t want to be named.
The resident told NEWS BOOM that the letters had created fear in the area, lamenting that many residents were afraid to move around.
But the commissioner of Police in the State, CP Olawale Olokode, in a message made available to NEWS BOOM by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Yemisi Opalola, asked residents not to entertain fear and assured them of Police readiness to forestall any attack.
“Concerning the Offatedo’s community threat by the criminals to invade their community, people should not entertain any fear. We are fully prepared for them.
“The Commissioner of Police is using this medium to encourage everyone to swiftly report any strange movement in their community to the police on these phone numbers: Osun Police Control Room numbers 08039537995, 08123823981,” the statement read.