Anxiety and confusion have overwhelmed residents of Olopa estate, a community in Ofatedo, Egbedore local government area, Osun state after robbers sent a notice of intent to rob the area.
The notice, which was handwritten and partly in Yoruba language, ordered that members of the community contribute the sum of N20 million to avoid being robbed individually, Vanguard reports.
The robbers also said the N20 million hitherto contributed, should be kept with the community chairman for the robbers to pick upon arrival.
It reads, “Notice, this is to inform you that, we, thieves are coming to rob every house in your community or you should contribute the sum of N20 million and keep it with your community Chairman for us to pick up when we come.
“We are coming with full force and we will kill any of your securities that intend to disturb us.”
A resident, Tejumade Adewale hinted that the letter had created a lot of confusion in the community as some residents have stopped sleeping at home.
He, however, said the community had witnessed an increased presence of local security operatives since the notice was sent.
“Despite that, the community has increased the presence of local vigilantes in the area, some residents only come home during the day to pick what they need and return to their shops without returning home to sleep at night.
“We call on security agencies to come to our aid and should treat the issue seriously,” he said
Reacting to the development, Osun Amotekun Field Commandant, Comrade Amitolu Shittu said the corps is aware of the letter and well prepared for the “visitors”.
He added that the threat is empty but adequate security has been put in place to curtail them.
“We have heard of the threat, but we believe it is an empty threat; notwithstanding, security has been beefed up in the community to check any eventualities,” he said.