Residents of Olofa Estate, Ofatedo, Osun State, have been terrified after receiving a letter from a group of robbers warning them of an upcoming attack unless they donate N20 million.
The alleged robbers threatened to kill all of the community’s guards in notes discovered on Thursday, warning that no house would be spared during the raid.
“This is to inform you all that we thieves are coming to this community,” a copy of the note said. We are not going to spare any houses unless you give N20 million and keep it with the chairman. We will merely pay him a visit and seize his money. If your watchmen try to stop us, we shall kill them all. We’ll be there in full force.”
A resident of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Newsmen that he had relocated his family to Osogbo, Osun State capital, following the threat.
According to him, the letters, written in both Yoruba and English, were put at conspicuous points in the community on Wednesday.
He further explained that the letters had created panic in the area, lamenting that many residents were afraid to even discuss measures to stop the attack.
But another resident, simply identified as Gbadebo, said those concerned were already making efforts to investigate the letters, with a view to determining the veracity.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of a non-governmental organisation, World Institute for Peace, Lamina Kamiludeen, has called on the Osun State Government to deploy more security men in the area to allay fears of the residents.
When contacted, the Field Commandant, Osun Amotekun Corps, Amitolu Shittu, said the group was aware of the threat letter.
He said, “Although there was no formal report yet from the community, immediately we saw the letters from the robbers on social media, I met some residents of the area and I asked some relevant questions. We have not met the representatives of the community as a group. We are on top of the situation but we can’t disclose in full our strategy in the media.”
Calls made to the spokesperson of the police in the state, Yemisi Opalola, did not go through, while response to a text message sent to her, is still being expected.
A spokesperson for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Daniel Adigun, said the command had not been informed of the development.