A nursing mother was dispossessed of her car by a gang of suspected armed robbers on Wednesday in an early morning robbery operation in Benin City.
Governor Godwin Obaseki had on Monday paid a visit to the Edo State Police Command, where he pleaded with the Command to get its officers and men back to the streets to stem the wave of robbery and other criminal activities in the state.
This robbery happened on the day the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu is in the state for an official visit to ascertain the level of damage the #EndSARS protest caused to police facilities.
The incident happened on the Murtala Mohammed Way, popularly known as MM Way, end of Sokponba Road, which in the last two weeks, has become the most notorious part of the ancient city.
In the 25-second video of the latest robbery case in the area, the gang of robbers swooped on the car and dragged the occupants out.
A man in white native dress, was seen bringing out the baby wrapped in white shawl from the back of the car, while an elderly woman, believed to be the grandma of the baby, stood a few metres away, confused.
A member of the gang pushed off the nursing mother, who went on her knees, pleading that she just put to bed.
“I beg I newly born, I beg I newly born”, she pleaded in Pidgin English while the robbers paid no attention to her.
Meanwhile, members of the public who witnessed the operation did nothing to rescue her as one of the onlookers was heard asking another onlooker to “save the video”.
The gang members later jumped into the car and drove off towards MM Way.
Just on Tuesday morning, two suspected armed robbers were mobbed and necklaced by angry mob on the same area.
It would be recalled that hoodlums who infiltrated the #EndSARS protest in the city, had on Monday, October 19, set ablaze, the three police stations located at Saint Saviour, Ugbekun and Idogbo axis of Upper Sokponba Road, all in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area.
The arson on the three police stations and four others within the Benin metropolis led to the complete withdrawal of policemen from the streets of Benin and other parts of Edo State.