By Sodiq Lawal
Despite the efforts of State Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to stem the tide of criminality in Ife land and Modakeke, crime rate are fast spreading tentacles across the towns.
Our correspondent investigation in some major quarters and street in Ife land and Modakeke revealed that the highest hit quarters of crime in the town include Iremo, Ompetu, Akarabata line 1-3, Isale Agbara, Owode and others.
It was gathered that between September last year and July 2018, criminal activities had been on the rice.
Social miscreants of the so called area boys, who are either forced into that way of life or are born into those particular social strata, where they steal from pedestrians or forcefully take money from people going about their daily businesses.
With little or no education, findings revealed that majority of them are products of broken homes with criminal activities ranging from theft, arson, intimidation and extortion.
From the perception of the residents of the ancient city, notable among these disorders were store breaking, house breaking, armed robbery, theft, stealing, burglary and sexual violence as well as drug abuse and selling.
One of the area boys, Ogunbiyi Sunday, now a repentant confessed to our reporter how he had dropped out of school while he was 11 years after his father could no longer pay his fees. Swapping the classroom for the streets, Sunday quickly became addicted to drugs.
“No matter what paper you present to them, they will not let you go till they collect money from you, we are calling on government to help us flush the area boys out of Ile Ife”
“If you stay in Iremo very early in the morning or late at night, you may be robbed by these area boys. They wreak havoc on traders and passers by, we get harassed and, at times, they vandalise properties when we refuse to be extorted of sums ranging from N50 to N100″, a commercial motorcyclist, Adediran Yusuf, lamented.
The Area Commander of the police division in Ife, Funsho Adegboye expressed sadness over the crime rate in the two towns.
He however urged the traditional rulers in Ife land and Modakeke to join hands with the police in curbing crimes.