Charles Nwoke, Lagos, Nigeria
December 10, 2020
Unknown gunmen reportedly raided Igbe-Lara community, in the Igbogbo-Bayeku Local Government Area of Lagos State on Sunday, and shot dead two businessmen.
According to reports people were going about their daily businesses when no fewer than 15 criminals, armed with sophisticated weapons, suddenly invaded the Igbe-Lara bus stop and started shooting sporadically on the innocent people.
Business owners and residents, whose shops were located in the area, were said to have sprinted for safety because of the fear of the unknown and stray bullets.
It was gathered that a yet-to-be-identified man trading in the dog business was gunned down at the front of a leisure centre, Dre Bar. However, another businessman, Olanrewaju Omobolaji, aka Excel, was also shot dead in public, Garden Bar.
Abideen Akintunde, a resident, while speaking on the issue said Omobolaji was shot in the head, adding that asides from the two dead victims, some other residents sustained various degrees of bullet wounds because of the hooligans sporadic shooting.
Akintunde said, “The assailants stormed the area in two vehicles and shot continuously. A lot of people were wounded and two people were killed at different locations. The people who perpetrated the crime were about 15 in number.
“They came with sophisticated weapons. There was no sign that they had a target because the moment they got to the Igbe-Lara Junction, they opened fire and kept shooting as they entered into the inner street leading to the Garden Bar. While shooting, they drove past the bar and went down the road.
“It was when they were returning that they shot one of the customers, Olanrewaju Omobolaji, in the head inside the Garden Bar; he died on the spot. Later, we gathered that another man who sold dogs close to the Dre Bar, on the Igbe-Ginti Road, was also shot dead at the front of the bar.”
Seyi Ismaila, who is also a resident, while lamenting the insecurity in the area, disclosed that there was pandemonium and serious panic when the hoodlums invaded that Lagos axis around 4pm in the evening.
Ismaila observed that it was not the first time shooting incidents would happen in the community.
“Landlords, residents, business owners are tired of the insecurity in the community. Sometimes, you see cultists moving around with guns. We have had a series of shooting incidents involving cultists in this community and we are tired.
“The police should be able to trace the people that came to the community, killed two people and injured others. The community was very peaceful before, but at the moment, we are scared and we are no longer safe because of the activities of these cultists. We want law enforcement agencies to deploy policemen in the area to protect lives and property in Igbe-Lara.”
Muyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos State Command Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed that only one person was killed. He added that Hakeem Odumosu, the state Commissioner of Police, had ordered the Area Commander to beef up security in the affected area.
The PPRO said, “The incident happened opposite Dre Bar, in Olomitutu Junction, Igbe. A man was shot dead opposite the bar and policemen from Ijede division were deployed in the area. We don’t have any record of another death in the area. But from observation, apart from cultists, we know some boys usually come together in the name of gangsterism and cause problems.
“Most of these gang members are young and into hard drugs, so, when they are on drugs, they misbehave. But the Commissioner of Police had a meeting with the Area Commander to beef up security and normalcy has been restored,” he added.