Following the incessant armed robbery attacks in Yola and environs, residents say the emergency rule imposed is not functioning effectively as their lives and properties are not secured.
The position of the residents came less than 48 hours after the Speaker of Federal House of Representatives Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal decried the lackluster performance of the emergency rule imposed on three North eastern states saying that it has woefully failed.
Recently, the spate of armed robbery in Yola and environs has escalated causing panic among residents of the area as the armed robbers seem to be having a field day whenever they strike as they usually operate for hours unchallenged.
The latest armed robbery which took place at Anguwar Magaji in the ancient city of Yola took residents by surprise as the point of the attack was less than 2000 meters from the major military checkpoint in Yola.
A resident of the area Mallam Mohammed Ahmed said the armed robbers struck the area around 3:00am and operated for close to one and half hours without any help coming from the soldiers that are stationed a stone’s throw away .
Another resident who does not want his name in print said when the armed robbers struck, they asked him to open his door or risk being killed as they shot into the air.
“When they came, they banged on my door and asked me to open the door or risk being killed forcing me to open the door as the robbed me of my valuable property,”said the resident.
He said the armed robbers seem not to be in a hurry to leave as they seemed to have envisaged no challenge as the robbery lasted.
Another victim of the armed robbery said when the armed robbers struck ,they forced the gate of his house open as they fired shots into the air and asked him to open the door to his parlor.
“At the first instance, I was reluctant to open the door but when they threatened to kill me I have to open and they robbed me of my properties” he said.
He stated that his brother was stabbed on the head when he tried to escape from the house as the armed robbers gained entrance into the compound.
He expressed concern over the security lapse in the area despite the presence of a military checkpoint a stone throw from the area.
“I wonder how these hoodlums will hold us hostage firing gunshots for close to two hours despite the presence of a major military checkpoint very close to the area”.
Another victim of armed robbery who simply identified himself as Mr. Abafara said the armed robbers entered about five houses as they frisked everywhere and dispossessed residents of valuable properties.
“They came and ransacked everywhere in the house as they seemed not satisfied with the crumbs I gave them making them to be angry to the extent of beating up one of my daughters” Abafara said.
He expressed regret that the incident happened despite the fact that there is emergency rule and a curfew imposed by the military authorities.
“For how long shall we live under this bondage of social insecurity despite the fact that there is emergency rule and curfew in vogue and yet we cannot have sustainable peace?” he queried.
The Yola incident happened less than 24 hours after some armed robbers struck Yolde Pate a suburb of Yola where they robbed residents of the area of valuable properties.
A resident of Yolde Pate who spoke on phone said the armed robbers that struck there operated for almost three hours unchallenged.
He decried the situation were such atrocities are taking place during the emergency rule imposed on the state.
Also residents of Sangere along Numan Road said they were recently inundated by cases of armed robbery which has become a serious issue of concern to them.
A resident of the area Habibu Yahya said the daredevil armed robbers struck his house while he was away for an official assignment “Luckily they did not meet me when they struck my house as I had travelled out of town for official engagement” he said.
All effort to speak with the Army Public Relations Officer Captain Nuhu Jafaru proved abortive as he could not to pick calls to his GSM line.