Monday, 26 March 2018

Tension As Monkeys Chase People Out Of Their Residence in Lagos

The invasion by monkeys from their natural habitat is forcing many residents of Soluyi/Sosanya Community in Gbagada, Lagos State, to flee.


Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos on Monday that they could no longer withstand the situation.


They called on the state government to save the community from the trouble, saying that the animals forced their ways into their rooms, destroying window and door nets, food stuffs and other items.

The Chairman of the community’s Landlord Association, Mr Adigun Olaleye, said that it had become difficult for the community to curtail the monkeys and their destructive attitude.

He said that the invasion might have resulted from the nearness of the community to a swamp forest that separated the community from Ifako area.

According to him, the monkeys come into residences at any time including early morning and gain entrance into rooms even if the houses are locked.


Olalaye disclosed that the community had written a letter to the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture over the situation but was yet to get a relief.

“They said we would have to pay for them to come and pack the monkeys,” he said.

The landlord stated that the invasion had been on for years but recently became unbearable.

He appealed to the state government to urgently intervene.


Narrating her ordeal, a journalist, who lives in the community, Mrs Funmilola Gboteku, told NAN that the monkeys had forced her family to flee.

“Many times, these monkeys come to the neighbourhood to destroy our property. Once they see food items inside a house, they direct all their energies at gaining entrance forcefully.

“The monkeys are in the habit of tearing the protective nets on windows to gain entrance and eat whatever they find in the house.

“I have had to replace the protective nets several times; I am tired of doing it.

“I have been locking my windows but locking of windows has disadvantages; there is no cross ventilation in the house, and as a result, we suffer heat,’’ she told NAN.

Another resident, Mr Gabriel Omopariwa, said that he was tired of the destructive attitude of the monkeys and had tried to look for ways to stop them, to no avail.

“On several occasions, these monkeys have destroyed our kitchen nets to gain entrance and steal food items.

“Several traps have been set to capture and kill these demonic animals to no avail.

“One of my neighbours, while trying to pour chemical on a monkey, fell in the bowl of the chemical; she had to be rushed to a hospital.

“She still lives with the scars from the unfortunate incident,” he said.

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