In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 29th, August, 2020

Graphics Designer Reveals How Hoodlums ‘Charmed’ His Automobile After Failed Theft Try On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Graphics Designer Reveals How Hoodlums 'Charmed' His Car After Failed Robbery Attempt On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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It was the primary day of November 2019 and the standard rush preparatory to Christmas had begun. The ambiance was thrilling as motorists and travellers criss-crossed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, a busy federal freeway connecting Lagos, Nigeria’s business capital, to different states within the South-West, South-South and South-East.

Femi Idowu, a graphic designer, wasn’t travelling that day however aware of the standard site visitors congestion occasioned by the plethora of automobiles struggling for house on the street present process reconstruction, together with the wobbly automobiles showing to seek out the expressway a snug place to interrupt down.

Closing late from work day-after-day was inevitable for Idowu, who works at a manufacturing unit within the Magboro space of Ogun State. After rounding off work at 12:30am that Friday, he dashed into his automotive to get dwelling early sufficient to sleep. However no sooner had he bought to the Arepo axis of the street than he was caught within the internet of heavy site visitors.

Amid the confusion on the badly lit freeway, Idowu noticed some young-looking however gallingly unkempt males strolling menacingly in the direction of him. He initially thought they had been truck drivers who alighted from their automobiles to loosen up on the median strip near his automotive as they waited for the site visitors to ease. However little did he know that he was about to come across his worst nightmare –freeway robbers.


“I seen a younger boy walked as much as me and stated, ‘Hey you, cease or I’ll shoot you as a result of I’ve a gun with me.’ His hand was already on the deal with of my door, so I rapidly wound up the window. I used the glass to clip his hand within the course of however he forcefully eliminated it. Instantly, I heard a bang on the physique of my automotive and seen the automotive began malfunctioning. It began shifting by itself because the brakes turned ineffective. One of many males had hit the automotive. At that time, I began calling for assist and so they ran away. Later, I noticed two of the younger robbers working in the direction of me, so I needed to abandon my automotive and run away. After they bought to the place my automotive was parked, they went spherical it and left,”
Idowu stated.

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The daddy of two stated the incident left him bewildered as a result of his automotive had been in a superb situation when he drove it to work the day gone by. He, due to this fact, discovered it troublesome to imagine his automotive had been immobilised via diabolical means.

Robberies on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway throughout the ongoing reconstruction are commonplace. However using charms on automobiles was novel to him.


“Positively, I don’t have a doubt about it and I confirmed from some individuals who later got here to my rescue. After the incident, I bought down from the automotive and tried to test whether or not its battery had an issue nevertheless it was okay. However after leaving my automotive, they (robbers) approached one other motorist on the identical street and robbed him. They collected his cellphone, another valuables and fled. As quickly as I noticed them working away, I returned to my automotive to test whether or not it could begin nevertheless it didn’t,”
he defined,

He added that fortunately for him, he was noticed by a few of his colleagues who rapidly contacted officers of the Federal Street Security Corps to help him. However assist didn’t come till about 30 minutes later when a business driver provided to push the defective Toyota Camry automotive from behind, utilizing his personal automobile.

Idowu added, “Whereas I used to be ready for assist, I ran helter-skelter every time I noticed somebody approaching my automotive. It was later good Samaritan got here to my rescue through the use of his automotive to push mine from the rear as he drove till we bought to a diversion the place some FRSC officers had been. I additionally later noticed my colleagues who had been searching for a approach to get my motionless automobile away from the spot it was earlier.

“That was about 3am and I slept at Berger Bus cease until daybreak when my mechanic arrived. He tried to work on the automotive however to our shock, all of the nuts had been stiff. It was a loopy expertise. When he finally disassembled the engine, we noticed that all the things answerable for making it purposeful had gone dangerous. It bought me confused. He instructed me that my engine was dangerous past restore. I had to purchase one other engine at the price of about N240, 000. I went via hell. It wasn’t a nice expertise however I thank God I wasn’t damage or robbed.”

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