Residents of Orozo Mass Housing Estate otherwise known as CAJAAH estate in Nasarawa State have raised alarm over the constant invasion, intimidation and disruption of their movements and businesses by thugs following disagreement with management.
Mr Mathias Amuta, Chairman of the Housing Estate Landlords’ Association said on Wednesday in Abuja that lives and property of the residents were no longer safe going by the destructive actions of the thugs in the estate.
Amuta who solicited for support from Nasarawa state government, said that the thugs had resorted to brutality and assault of residents. He explained that the thugs were allegedly hired by a faction of CAJAAH Nig. LTD, Promoters of the estate, to harass and intimidate the peace abiding residents, in defiance to court order.
The chairman expressed worry over the state of impunity of the thugs who he said display lawlessness and rascality even in the presence of police men. We are calling on Nasarawa State government to come to our rescue because we suspect compromise and complicity on the part of the police posted here.
The DPO had failed to implement the court order by a competent court but instead recognised the presence and operations of thugs here,” Amuta said. He said that the thugs recently attacked a resident in her house inflicting injuries on both the woman and children which led to the hospitalization of one of the residents. Amuta recalled that the residents had no crime but simply refusing to be allowed to be scammed by a faction of the CAJAAH Company, after having spent over N600, 000,000 for infrastructure. According to him, none of the paid infrastructure was put in place and that the money has not been accounted for.
Also speaking, Mr Shittu Dayo, a resident bemoaned the level of harassment and threats by the said thugs who he said were numbering over fifty. Dayo who queried the sanity of Nigeria’s society, wondered how thugs with criminal antecedents could be allowed to man the gate of an estate in defiance to court order.
He called on Nasarawa government to immediately call the police DPO to order, describing alleged compromise as an insult to the sensibility and image of Nigerian police. Meanwhile, some police officers who came to arrest two of the thugs refused to grant interview to newsmen and denied the allegation that the police were not doing anything about the situation.