After exactly a year and a day since I was robbed at an Amala joint in Ilasamaja, Armed robbers visited the same joint for another operation.
On Friday 21st of January 2012 I had just finished my NYSC registration at Abeokuta LGA in Ogun state, I decided to travel back to Lagos so as to prepare for my resumption at my PPA the next Monday. On my way back from Abeokuta, I was craving for Amala, and I decided to stop by at the best and most popular Amala joint on Sadiku road Ilasamaja at about 7:30pm.
I ordered for my plate of Amala and ‘Eja Kika’ (Round Fish) , as I was having a nice time savouring my wonderful Amala, I just noticed everyone in the room were going down on their knees, as a sharp Lagos babe, I quickly knelt down and hid my blackberry phone inside the NYSC kaaki was wearing. I was robbed of my dual SIM tecno chinko phone and about N4000. I was lucky my mini Toshiba laptop wasn’t taken because the white NYSC shirt previous day was covering it in my handbag . A man was robbed of the N10, 000 he withdrew from the ATM, The Amala joint owner was also robbed of all she made for that day
When they left, everyone took to their heels but I sat back to finish my Amala, since I wasn’t going to pay it for because they already took all that I had with me at that time and I was really hungry.
Fast-forward to 2013, i was already dozing off on my bed after a hard day’s job when I heard sounds of sporadic gunshots on Tuesday 22nd of January 2013, I actually thought the Area boys had won their ‘Baba Ijebu’ again so I wasn’t disturbed and I eventually went to bed. Then on my way back from work on Thursday evening, I went to one of my petty trader friend on my street to listen to the full gist of want happened on Tuesday.
He then told me that the robbers actually visited our very famous Amala joint to rob and also took possession of one of the customer’s jeep. Incidentally, our dear friends in Black (Nigerian Police) were also on patrol, on hearing gunshots, they also fired back, but there is a saying that goes thus “When power jams power, the lesser power must bow” in this case, It was the weapon that bowed, our policemen later took to their heels and the robbers were shooting at everyone because they thought someone actually put a call through to the police men. Unfortunately, a’ keke NAPEP’ driver who was trying out another source of livelihood after his Electronic shop was demolished due to the road expansion at Akanro street was SHOT dead
The question that has been on my mind since Thursday night is Can’t one eat Amala in peace anymore?
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