By Tola Gbadamosi
Residents of Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, have cried out over the increasing rate at which hoodlums vandalize their vehicles in their various homes, carting away their batteries.
The Hope Metro gathered that the hoodlums also drain the fuel in the vehicles to resell to unsuspecting members of the public.
Reports had it that in Oke-Ala area of Oba-ile Estate, it is no longer news as some residents abandon their homes to sleep over in their family friends’ houses for the fear of being attacked by hoodlums at nights.
It was learnt that the compounds of Okunjegunmo Elewere, Olugbemi and others, were visited in one night, as the hoodlums vandalized almost eight vehicles Monday at about 2:00am.
It was also gathered that the batteries of all the eight vehicles, including the petrol in the vehicles were drained. The items were later found inside bushes close to their houses where the thieves kept them, with the purpose of picking them up later for sales.
Some of the affected residents who spoke with The Hope Metro, but do not want their names in print, said they were tired of the high rate at which the hoodlums burst into their apartments and stole their properties.
“It is unfortunate that this is what we are experiencing since the hike in the price of petrol. They steal fuel from our vehicles and sell to members of the public at cheaper rates.
“The situation is very worrisome, as these hoodlums storm houses and operate freely without anyone challenging them.
“We want urgent steps taken by security operatives to cripple the activities of these men of the underworld before they start breaking into our living rooms.
“These days, we hardly sleep. And whenever we do, it has always been with one eye closed for the fear of the unknown,” they lamented.
Investigations showed that most houses with private security guards are mostly affected by such acts in the area.