13th December, 2010
Tragedy struck at Ebute-Metta, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria at the weekend whenÂ two members of the Neighbourhood Watch of Nigeria attached to the Lagos MainlandÂ Local Government Area, were killed while on duty.
Those killed by the unidentified gunmen were Chief Ade Rotimi Adebowale Fakoya, theÂ commander of the group in Ebute Metta and Comrade Fatai Hussain.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the deceased were on patrol when the assailants confrontedÂ them and shot them to death at the Ibadan/Osholake junction, Ebute-Metta.
Comrade Olusegun Adebojo, a member of the Neighbourhood Watch, who was at scene ofÂ the incident, described their killing as assassination.
According to him, â€œthe commander was on patrol. He was checking other members onÂ duty. When he got to my house, I told him to wait for me because I was fetchingÂ water, but as I was coming back, I saw a car and three persons with guns came downÂ and said â€˜this is the man.â€™ They fired him and the other person that was with him.
â€œThe men pursued me but I hid myself in an uncompleted building. After they hadÂ killed them, one of them said, â€˜sebi you wan be commander, yeye man, go and be theÂ commander now.â€™
â€œAfter they had gone, I came out of the building and called other members to comeÂ and see what happened.â€
Pastor Gabriel Ekundayo, deputy commander of the group also described the gunmen asÂ hired assassins.
â€œWhat happened is a clear case of assassination. From what we saw at the scene ofÂ the incident, it shows that the men were assassinated and we want the government andÂ the police to investigate it and bring those behind it to book,â€ Ekundayo stated.
When P.M.NEWS visited Denton Police Station, Mr. Mohammed Sanni, the DivisionalÂ Police Officer, DPO, confirmed the story but refused to comment further. He referredÂ our reporter to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mbah, for moreÂ details.
At the late Fakoyaâ€™s house on 28, Osholake Street, Ebute-Metta, his wives, AdenikeÂ and Oluwabunmi, with their ten children were seen wearing mournful looks.
The two wives called on the government to bring the killers of their husband toÂ book. They also called on the government to come to their assistance by taking careÂ of their welfare.
Deji Fakoya, 21, the first child of the late commander, described his father as anÂ easy going man who loved everybody.
Deji, a job applicant, also appealed to the Lagos State government to assist hisÂ family.
A resident of the area called on the government to demolish the shanties at theÂ Ebute area of the community to forestall a future occurence.
P.M.NEWS also gathered that the corpse of the men have been deposited at the IsoloÂ General Hospital mortuary.