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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Lagos Traffic Robberies: Why do most Nigerians overlook and refuse to help victims?

Is it because of fear? Or the 'it does not concern me attitude'? A Nigerian Lady took to social media to narrate her experience with a traffic robber while heading towards Chevron roundabout, Lekki Expressway.

While she put up a fight after the glass of her car was smashed by the thief in broad daylight, she was more disappointed that everyone around her just continued looking and refused to help. It took the intervention of her husband, who was some cars behind her, before the thief scampered away. Read more of her tweets as you continue and tell us what you think...



















43 comments:

OSINANL said...

Linda it is 'it does not concern me attitude'?
Lagosians are so wicked

Abosede Ojuade said...

na fear Linda.

Anonymous said...

Well, i thank God for her. She is lucky he had just a knife. I know someone who resisted and was shot and is not alive to tell the story.

I have been attacked twice (with Guns) I was luck (God's mercy) that the cars behind me saw what was happening and did not venture forward and the cars in front moved forward enabling to maneuver my escape.

Though she is right, in my case everyone just looked. These criminals do not operate alone and are dangerously armed. Most people will not want to put themselves at risk

Uju Phil said...

It's really that bad,the issue of Nigerians neglecting victims of any sort is so common mostly in Lagos.I have been awed by attitudes of some persons the two worse times i have been robbed,it was really nothing to write home about. May the Lord replenish all that was lost and heal you from the trauma,cos it's really traumatizing,really!#Bad

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

So sorry

livingstone chibuike said...

Self centered individuals

Anonymous said...

Na wetin dey kill Nigerians.. E no concern me e no concern me
Sorry mam

Anonymous said...

Really? not that simple most of the time.great you were bold, and too bad in such a pool of cars, not one could muster courage. But dont bank on it, it could have been worse. the simple advise on robbery remains, ' do not try to be a hero' whether, it is against you or someone else, all you needed to do was submitt property and not risk to find out if you would live to tell the story. heroes usually die, so that cowards will tell their story.

Too bad , the Police and state still have not devised appropriate strategy to stamp this out, our Nigeria story. How I hate traffic jams!

APPLE said...

My dear the thing tire me too o. But that said, madam your husband would have done the same thing to another person too.

Asabor Matthew said...

Ma bi nu. Most people have raised an alarm and later became victim and even died in the process. It only shows the break down of law and order in the society and the lives of the citizenry does not matter to those that should protect it. Sister accept my sympathy

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

NAWA O








AUNTY LINDA 👩

Vivian Reginalds said...

because of the risks involved
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

tunde keleko said...

Really terrible, until we change our mentality and love one another and help each other unconditionally, we are going no where. Sorry my sister, God will heal the wounds.

tunde keleko said...

I'm just so pained, we are cowards... Mere blasting of the horn could have saved the day. Please let's watch out for one another. God help us

Juliet Iwuno said...

People didn't come cos dey were scared the robber had a gun. Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

A Similar thing happened to me. During the few minutes it occurred, no one flinched. They all acted as if nothing was going on. Like you said, Nigerians should learn how to lend a handing hand in such situations.

ogadinma godwin said...

Sorry ma na our way be that

Saphire Muna said...

Maybe they thought he had a gun... Minus that, I dnt see the reason why they overlook such act.. Plus it happend to a lady, that alone is enough reason to help... Linda to answer your question, I think it's fear not it doesn't concern me attitude












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Anonymous said...

Linda i live in Lekki and I will tell you coming from from the mainland where i grow up it was not easy at first, lekki is a diff place. there is no form of community among those that stay there and hence the reason for non cooperation when things like this happen. its a mentality thing. every body is gated up and hence they dont care about what happen next door. its very rear to see even neighbors talk to each other in some estate it that bad that some people insult estate exco who dedicate their time for the running of the estate. the is a mental issue in lekki call big man mentality. its bad. I am happy her husband was behind her.

PKE

Stanley Ejiogu said...

If someone was in front of u and been robbed would u hv come down? See the problem is not giving a helping hand, no body wants to die that's just the case. What of if the guy has a gun? And u try to front him what happens. I feel ur pains I will be the first to help if I hv a gun on me believe u me will bring the guy down.

Chizzy Liz said...

***************************dia body don dey too used to robbery *********dem go be like *******women sef*******oyanu no givam wetin iim want********stand dia dey fight !!!!!!!! Lol

Chizzy Liz said...

***************************dia body don dey too used to robbery *********dem go be like *******women sef*******oyanu no givam wetin iim want********stand dia dey fight !!!!!!!! Lol

eddie said...

thank God help came your way pls try to protect your vehicle and that of your husband with anti-smash protect films www.smashprotect.com feel free to call for help with this 08038542817

Eze Chinyere said...

Let us just have the mindset of helping people in danger, Its only in Lagos here it happens, even during accident, pple will just be observing and watch a victim die. I'm very sure if people had at least raised there voices or raise am alarm the robber wouldnt have had his way.

Anonymous said...

try to get a smash protector for your vehicle.Tank God ur hubby was close by.

Betty said...

Really sad that no one could help this woman out, thank God her husband was there. And for those men who could have helped but didn't it could be someone you love that finds her/himself in that situation. What goes around comes around. Later dem go dey shout say dem be men!! If na to bit on a woman, dem go get power but ordinary thief for road dem no fit do nada!! Man ko, man ni!!

Udolisa Ugochukwu said...

Fear of the past

Sean said...

i feel your pain. i was in the same situation about 4weeks ago. Was robbed in broad day light at abt 3pm. traffic around Anthony Oke, the guy hopped on the car i wasnt winding down, people were watching, he broke the glass, hit me severally. I had to give in cos there was no point. He made away with all my phones and ring. All i got was sorry after the event (still traumatized and scared). In all sincerity i dont blame anyone for not coming to help, cos there have been instances where the person that came to help also fell victim but i agree in "there is power in numbers". Until we are able to come together to defend each other, fear will keep us away.

Sean Abiodun said...

This is called the bystander effect (is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present). This is common to all human and not Nigerians alone. There are lots of experimental videos on youtube on this. It became popular after the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese in new york when 38 people saw it happen and offer no help.

FirstProxy ™ said...

It's actually a good thing to help and it is at the same time dangerous



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kulikuli said...

Fellow Nigerians, next time someone is being robbed,
don't risk your life by getting down.
But please lean all your weight on your horn.
If ten cars at least start tooting their horns in earnest,
from different directions, it will will destabilize the robber.
On the 3rd mainland, at the traffic, try it at least please.
It is better than this terrible 'option' where we sit by powerlessly.

God Bless Nigerians!

Anonymous said...

Very true anonymous, what if the robber was with a gun? We're also not in an environment where we receive prompt response to distress calls

Anonymous said...

Next time hit d car in front of yo, the driver will raise an alarm. Shikeno

Victor Daji said...

Really it is getting out of hand the habit of looking and doing nothing, everyone keep believing in the fact that the rubbers have a gun or has backup around but no one has ever taken to think it could be toy gun or no one around. You dont need to move closer most times but look around for stuffs to scare the rubber or even by your voice intervention from a distance that rubber would run away being scared of his fucking useless life. one evening on top of Marina bridge just opposite UBA head office when going towards mainland i single handedly rescued a guy in traffic who was seated right behind a cab even the cab driver roled down the glass for the thieve from a distance i watched it unfold for almost 5mnts to be sure of what was happening and when i was i drive my car towards d bastard and smashed him with the cab, while i did that the thieve fell to the ground despite him sustaining injury and bad leg he struggled to his feet and took off. I was happy he cld not get anything from the guy in the cab, that was when everyone started commenting they saw him but cld'nt come down to do anything. i really almost slapped the cab driver that day for winding down and for not stopping his car to assist his passenger. Its really nasty for we not to be our brothers keepers. It could be ur relative someday, same thing along marin bridge towards Ajegunle sometime ago, it was i and a soldier boy that rescued a lady one evening in traffic,we took out wheel spanners from our cars cos they were 3 rubbers and they ran away on seeing us with some other guys joining us in traffic approaching them.Pls lets help and be our brothers keepers, tnks.

Victor Daji said...

@kulikuli
it is not all about horn but get something and throw at them from a distance that cld dis-stabilize them, otherwise you would horn to praise the robbers well done. The idea is dont seat back in your car and watch.

Anonymous said...

I have a fire extinguisher at the bak of my seat.it has been handy twice. No one came to my rescue even wen I bashed the car in front several tyms.

gentle said...

Did you read the story of those law students and the boy that drowned in the pool while they were celebrating their law school result? From heroes to victims. It's our useless police force that made them like that.

gentle said...

Yup. ..another psychology fella here. But that was different though. It's normal for whites to be aloof but not Africans. Which is why we find it weird when we act aloof. If our police force was reasonable, I daresay it wouldn't be the same.

Valentine Ogudo said...

my dear, Nigerians (especially Lagosians) are very funny people.. I got robbed while driving through the traffic at CMS axis at about same 7am in June this year - in broad friggin day light. These touts took my phones and the funny thing was that they didnt act like they were in a hurry 2 rob and run off.. Everyone sat and "faced their business" all through the incident till almost a minute after the touts had left, the guy driving directly beside me wound down and said 2 me "..guy, those agbero rob u?.. i for jam their legs with my car sha.." - imagine the fool!!! Medicine after death ni..

Valentine Ifeanyi Archangel said...

my dear, Nigerians (especially Lagosians) are very funny people.. I got robbed while driving through the traffic at CMS axis at about same 7am in June this year - in broad friggin day light. These touts took my phones and the funny thing was that they didnt act like they were in a hurry 2 rob and run off.. Everyone sat and "faced their business" all through the incident till almost a minute after the touts had left, the guy driving directly beside me wound down and said 2 me "..guy, those agbero rob u?.. i for jam their legs with my car sha.." - imagine the fool!!! Medicine after death ni..

Anonymous said...

The solution to traffic robbery is simple - get rid of the bottleneck causing the traffic. sometime ago in 2010,when there was always mad traffic heading into oworoshoki and third mainland bridge, the same thing happened to us. I mean bumper to bumper traffic and yet no one was bothered to stop and help (the thieves were five in number and had guns though) we even bashed people's cars upandan yet no one was worried about the damages to their cars. But since the traffic on that axis has been cleared, have you heard any thing like traffic robbery on that end? I think I understand why people may not be bothered to help; fear of the unknown, if person come help you come die nko? highest you would do would be an eulogy all over social media, etc. Madam, you yourself, would you have bothered to come down and help? would your husband have helped if he didn't know the person being robbed?? Na question I ask oh. But really, they should try and fix all those traffic and we all would stop hearing of traffic robbery.

Anonymous said...

It is www.smashprotectng.com

Anonymous said...

The rivers state judges's son in Abuja pool? What a sad end

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