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Have You Ever Been Mugged? Please Share Your Experience.

A friend of mine was mugged thursday night and had his laptop stolen. He was walking home about 8pm when some two guys came and started dragging his bag. His initial startled attempt to resist led to him being hit on the head with some object which left a deep gash on his head. These guys will go on to sell that laptop for some peanuts; whereas the information on it is worth millions of naira. This is a very traumatic experience.

I remember once having my phone stolen and feeling vulnerable for months, looking over my shoulders all the time and distrusting people in general. My niece has had her phone stolen so many times, we've advised her to buy some cheap phone that can be easily replaced.

Have you ever been mugged? Or you know someone who has? Please share the experience here.

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@sagamite

heard its gotten really bad now,the somalians who r mostly residend in woolwich actually prefer using knives,the nigerian kids carry guns and are getting younger and younger by the day, what i always tell people is never to struggle with them if you get mugged as a mobile phone and credit cards or a couple of hundred pounds isnt equivalent to one's life, look at the man they beat to death for askn them to leave the front of his house

@blackboy

dude,this is a word of warning,either its in lagos or anywhere else in naija or abroad,never struggle with thieves as your life is much more precisou that any amount of money or what not, the fact of the matter is that for anyone to decide to rob,then a level of desperation is involved,one of our drivers in nigeria tried to overpower one of the armed robbers who came to our house because he only had a cutlass,before he knew it another one coming from behind with a double barrelled gun shot him point blank in the stomach,the man died with his entrails/intestines spilling all over,bloodied and in spite of 200,00o plus deposit eko hospital collected, funny thing is that the robbers didnt suceed in robbing and was actually leaving

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Not Ikeja but Iyan woro. I've heard of people being robbed but you can't understand it , the feeling is terrible , traumatising , just not right. An experience that really when you call for harsh sentences to crime offenders you wont understand until you've been at their mercy.

Jan 1, 2007, Petrol crisis in Lagos but I still had to be with my queen. Omo eko, who dares tells me not to walk the streets late at night ( past 11pm). I was heading to the Island from Magodo. I was warned to spend the night but I move out late at night always. It's part of me.

Decided to break my journey at Iyana woro as I couldn't get a cab or bus due to the fuel scarcity. I was the only one at the bus stop and saw two neatly dressed guys walking past and asked if I could walk to a nearby busstop to get a bus to Obalende. They said sure, they would even follow me ( how silly I was ) not long after we begun our walk I noticed they weren't in a hurry . I look at them and surly I could take the two of em on and knock em out . One now drew my attention to look across the road. I said what? He said didn't I see anyone coming I said no, later on he said so again and truly I saw a bloke running towards our direction. I was like lets split instead these guys grabbed my, I turned round to wrestle with the bloke he was not interested in wrestling, just held me tight while the other chap put his hands into my pocket and emptied it. The guy that came running came and started swinging punches at me , which I dodged but when I saw my pocket was emptied I told them to relax and stopped struggling. I then asked for my sim card and what did I get? A punch from the guy the came running across the road. All this happened along the express road. The boys ran after someone shouted Ole!! I went into a neighbourhood to ask for help trying to explain what happened they looked at me like a liar. As soon as I said I had no money I put my hand into my pocket and found a squeezed N100 and woman and her daughter offered me a night if I needed a place and to use their phone to call. I declined but said I would take their offer if I couldn't get home. I got a guy on a bike who took my to Oblende for N100 . They stole close to N10,000, a digital camera, another camera, tw mobile phone , necklace. It was a horrible experience I didn;t get over it for months. I don't move out late any more and still know those boys ( very young boys half my size - well the guy who punch me). When I see them again, It's a punch I'd give em straight before any talk. Do the Crime do the time. Boys like those should not be allowed to walk the streets. A had a big bump on my head for asking for my sim card back. Took days to massage it away. Damn!! di d it hurt but I thank God I'm alive. I could have sworn one of em was armed.

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I have never experienced it.

The two times they robbed our Lagos home, I was not in Lagos. I was in Kwara.

When they robbed our Ibadan home in 1999, I was also not in Ibadan. I was in Kwara.

When they came to rob our Kwara home in November 2007, I was not at home, I was in service in Sokoto then. . And these guys, as Popsy described them, were small boys 18-21. They locked all the children in one room, told Grandma they will not kill her son while they overpowered him. They went away with his newly acquired Toyota Camry, some cash and packed all the phones they came across in the house.

Street robbery/mugging? I have never experienced that one too. I stroll around in my area in VI carefreely but I have never been mugged.

Highway robbery? I have also not experienced that one too.

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Is that what young people call it nowadays?

In a world of serial killers, rapists and assorted sociopaths you could have been relieved of a lot more than your rent money.

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Lucabrasi,

I get you.

I was actually there when this Nigerian boy was dying in Woolwich after being stabbed.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2363286.ece

I was driving past using shortcuts to avoid traffic when I heard some guys wailing. I slowed down and looked back as I had slightly driven ahead, then I saw a boy lying on the floor. I packed went there and there was this British Gas man that was holding him and had talking to 999 on his mobile. We followed instructions from the 999 operator and checked his stab wounds while we wait for the professionals. I looked at his face and quickly figured this boy cannot be more than 15 and by this time he was not talking anymore just staring at space and blooding coming out from his mouth as well.

Police and Car Ambulance arrived within 5mins. A Van Ambulance arrrived in about 12 mins and a helicopter Ambulance arrived and parked in the park by the curb he was within 20mins. But the next day I read in the papers he died.

His killers have been caught and are also children of Nigerian origins.

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pls take an unsolicited advice,and dont ever stay longer than necessary in woolwich and the underlying areas.especially with the way the economy is at the moment,these boys carry guns around and are not afraid to use 'em

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"the second was in a nigerian restaurant in south east london,was waiting for a friend on xmas day and eating,after i finished eating went to the toilet to ease myself and the guy came at me with a small pistol and took 650pounds off me"

tasty restuarant abi?

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I have never been mugged before but the stories are making me feel I need to be more aware.

See me always dragging a travel suitcase and laptop at night in London whilst in business suit because I travel for work sometimes. That definitely should make me a potential target.

Although I have quite a hefty stature, 3+ guys or just one guy with a weapon should do the job of mugging me. Knowing myself, if it is two guys without weapon then I will definitely fight even if I know I will not win, just stubborn like that and it might cost me one day.

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I've never been mugged.

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Oga - easy now - na joke

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lucabrasi  - na yahoo yahoo boyz  na only yahoo yahoo boys dey carry that kind money £650 around for pocket in london . Maybe one of his boyz set am up

lol

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Will do so, i think he mentioned it the other day.

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@ lucabrasi, i'm not telling u off. I only find it a bit strange for someone to have that much money on him/her. I'm sorry abt the incident tho. It's quite sad!

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@lucrabasi, my friends and I always had a rule not to talk on the phone whenever we got off the bus at night after one of our colleagues got mugged in Leytonstone station one early winter morning. We all learned to take very few possessions and most of the time leave everything in our jeans pockets especially when we had to work early or late shifts.

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mine was in eltham london and i was chattn on the phone on my way home then,as i got down from the bus,my shiny new nokie 8800 was snatched,and i was rooted to the spot just watchn the guy jog away and round a corner to an alleyway,the second was in a nigerian restaurant in south east london,was waiting for a friend on xmas day and eating,after i finished eating went to the toilet to ease myself and the guy came at me with a small pistol and took 650pounds off me,i was lucky i had some other money with me to pay the 8pounds or so for my food and bottle of water,not untill i told everybody what happened did they believe anything happened,and i v not been back there or in south east nigerian restaurants since apart from take aways,

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Not only support the use of firearms, maybe we should all be allowed to own a war tank and a missile jet all in the name of security,

In situations like that, we end up seeing the ones with more firearms oppressing those with lesser firearms,

bottomline, what would be the use of the law?

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With those big trailers they have as police tanks, they can't complain of not having vehicles or fuel to come

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@hesperus, lol. yes, they showed up. I don't think their response is as a result of where you live these days, though. I may be wrong.

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Police show up nowadays, especially the areas where we have comfortable people. Why won't they show up with all the armour tanks they have nowadays. Have you seen the new police armour tanks all over Lagos? Oshodi, isolo, cms, festac e.t.c, you go think say na war them wan go fight and even with bullet proofs. They have been stationed there for emmergencies.

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You mean the police actually showed up when they were called? And on time? Impressive!

Do you live in Ikoyi/VI/Lekki 1?

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Even I couldn't have envisaged a visit by men of the underworld when I started this thread over a week ago.

Precisely Thursday night/Friday morning, I woke up to the sound of a bang downstairs, I looked through the window and couldn't see anyone but I was hearing people talking in the compound. I kept wondering who it was when I heard someone say 'break am', then I knew there were thieves in the compound. I ran to my sister's room and I overhead her husband on the phone describing our location and I knew they were aware. Needless to say, under the circumstances, we resorted to praying. We also made calls to people we knew, not sure how they could help. Many called the police, who thankfully arrived on time, in fact, about 3 different sets came one after the other. They didn't catch the thieves because they ran when they heard the gunshots that were being fired as the police approached.

We were all visibly shaken after the incident but are grateful to God that we live to tell the tale without any harm to anyone.

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Yes, twice actually, when I was at  Uni.

First time was back in my Unilag days, was at my faculty cybercafe around 11pm when some masked gunmen walked in, ordered us all to lie face down and frisked us one by one. Lost my phone that day.

Second time was at Kuramo beach with my friends. We went there for overnight runs and after getting abit high, walked to one really dark spot. Some omoboys with bottles n knives blocked us, frisked us and made away with our phones. Happened so fast. . .

Luckily, i no chop any slap on both occasions!

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Mr Cracker, you go dey form jackie chan abi? if u try that one for some part of AJ, u go just dey pack your teeth for ground like cracker biscuit

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I almost got mugged but instead i ended up mugging the mugger!

I yanked his chain off during the struggle for my own chain, and he ran off like Usain Bolt!

I gave the chain to an homeless fella

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Bros sorry o i feel d slap. wen smally tell u say he won make call u no code am say his men dey around. u 4 tell am na nokia 3310 u dey use and ur battery don run down even sef u won buy n series 2moro. if he uses scope, use ur owo 2. guy he used asawana style take mole u o. u don learn finally.

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Well yes I heve been mugged severally. I grew up in the militant capital of Nigeria (PHC, RIVERS STATE).

Here is the account of the first time I was mugged. I was on my way to visit a friend of mine when some short dude (less than shoulder high) walked up to me and said

"Oboy you get phone I for like make call"

I was so stunned at his request seeing that just by looking at him I could beat the poo out of him without even removing my shirt. SO I just shoved him aside and continued on my way to see my friend.

Now!! The mistake I made was I did not even tell my friend about the incident so he did not warn me about those dudes. Now at about 6:30p.m as I was leaving my friends house, I saw the dude I shoved at some corner just looking at me, so I continued on my journey. I had barely taken 10 steps when I recieved the most remarkable slap of my life.

STUNNED!! I turned around, but then the slaps just kept coming from all directions. Temporarily blinded and in pains, I just layed on the floor and "played dead".

They simply frisked me, took my wallet (with my I.D's, about 2000Naira, emergency condoms, complimentary cards, e.t.c), my phones (Alcatel [sub](forgotten the model) and Sagem X5)[/sub], my wrist watch, wrist band/bracelet and my necklace. I will never foget that experience ever in my life. I never visited that friend ever again.

NOTE: A friend of mine got stabbed becos he smashed his PSP on the ground when some dude tried to jump him and take his PSP.

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@hauwa,

It depends on how big the supermarket is, the one that i was inside isn't that big, so there was no police operatives inside.

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Na soo, Till now, I don't go to that supermarket again,

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in a banking hall during robbery dont want to remember it at all.

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@honerico, it is indeed like being in a movie. It's over before you know you were an actor in it and you are left reeling after the action. It's a very unpleasant experience. Getting out with your life is the number one consideration while all is playing out.

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