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Trespassers have allegedly invaded intellectual areas in Ikoyi, particularly Banana Island, posing a looming hazard to the serenity of the realm.

This was confirmed by a video shared on Twitter on Tuesday.

Some of the trespassers are roadside meals sellers, barbers, and hoodlums, a few of whom had been seen in clusters, smoking hemp and ominously watching the actions of residents. The presence and actions of those invaders are but to draw the eye of related safety companies within the state. It continues to be unclear who these persons are, the place they’ve come from and why there are fairly quite a lot of them loitering concerning the highlighted areas.

According to the video that went viral, the invaders have been seen milling round streets like Onikoyi Road, Turnbull Road exit, Park view property and Alexander Road amongst others.

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Residents lament

Some of the residents, who spoke with Nairametrics in a phone interview additionally confirmed the event, which they described as ‘a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.’

One of the phone respondents, a workers of a Telecoms firm working within the space, who spoke on the situation of anonymity claimed that the hoodlums usually harass residents and law-abiding residents working round these areas.

He mentioned, “They harass some of our office assistants when they run errands for the organisation at times and that is disturbing. We have complained to security agencies but nothing has been done. All we were told was that the police will take appropriate action soon.”

Another resident defined that originally, it was the roadside meals distributors that first got here to the realm and whereas some individuals complained, others argued that they need to be permitted to function as a result of low-cadre workers of organisations within the space want quick access to reasonably priced meals.

She mentioned, “Their actions and trespass have gone beyond limit now and if nothing is done, the situation can turn chaotic soon. The environment is gradually losing its serenity.”

Critics give knocks on social media

Nigerians have taken to Twitter to criticise the report, saying that the wealthy can’t extricate themselves from the issues of the poor.

For occasion, Fisayo Soyombo, an investigative journalist, tweeted, “The rich who’re trying to #SecureIkoyi are missing a point: they cannot extricate themselves from the problems of the poor. The escapism of having Ikoyi all to themselves is a mere phantasm; it won’t happen. The rich had better be interested in the poor.

“Rather than worrying about having Ikoyi to themselves, they had better be interested in the creation  of a country that works for all, rather than just a few at the expense of the rest, else we are all in this vicious circle where Ikoyi is a little more than a glorified Ajegunle.”

Mohammed Selim, acknowledged, “Invaders??? Was it so difficult to see that loads of them are construction and domestic workers supposedly needed to run the supposedly high brow areas?? Your report is full of mischief & it’s inciting, calling fellow citizens invaders like they need passport to go anywhere there.”

Oladeinde Olawoyin, tweeted, “Absolutely. Inclusive growth and all-round development that puts every citizen irrespective of social class in decent employment/productive engagement. That way, Ikoyi will sleep in peace, just as Ajegunle would, too. But then: wouldn’t that rob Ikoyi of its haughty demeanor?”

Bottomline

With the rising spate of insecurity within the nation, safety companies might have to hold out additional investigation to establish that these individuals don’t pose a safety danger to law-abiding residents and firm workers within the highlighted areas; and to forestall a doable breakdown of legislation and order.

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