Some unidentified gunmen, on Wednesday, invaded Agbala Otunja community, in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, and vandalised the transformer located on Oshin Ladega street.
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The invaders, said to be armed with guns and machetes, arrived the community around 3.00am when there was no power supply.
The thieves said to be five in number, carted away cables and panels in the transformer.
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Emmanuel Awoyomi, a member of the community who works with the local vigilante, told Newsbreak that the thieves came with the intention to kill whoever confronts them.
He said the thieves also attempted to steal parts of a heavy duty vehicle parked close to the area.
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“They came at about 3.00am when there was no power supply. We didn’t know what was going on initially until when we heard a loud bang from the transformer.
“Ikeja Electric restored power while they were stealing the cables. They also went away with a panel in the transformer. I noticed there was power at the other side of the community, so I came out with the vigilante guarding our street and one other person to see what had happened. The next thing is I heard one of them said ‘spray them’.
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“We all scampered to safety. I can’t even find my shoes till now. I didn’t run towards my house because they could trace me.
“This is the sheath they left behind. They really meant business,” he said.
One of the residents who came out during the incident, identified simply as Segun, said one of the thieves held a pump action.
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He also told our correspondent that the invaders came with two motorcycles, and that one of them even went to wash earth off his body at a nearby Mosque.
“One of the thieves chased me and the vigilante man down this slope. I hid in the bushes but the vigilante man fell while running from being shot at. The one that chased us was the one holding a pump action.
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“If I had not seen the gun before, I would say it was a stick. That was why I ran. There were five of them, they came with two motorcycles.
The community lamented that they could only arm the vigilante man in the area with a cutlass, which was why he ran from the thieves.
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The community also said they have reported the matter to the power distribution company, which has promised to replace and reinstall the stolen items in three weeks.