6th January, 2012
Soldiers in the Joint military Security outfit, OP-MESSA shot dead the nephew of former Inspector General of Police, Niyi Ehindero and injured three others.
The incident took place at Bada Street, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos, South West Nigeria around 4.30 pm when Ehindero came to the area to spend the holiday with his friend.
Eye witnesses said the deceased was inside a Highlander SUV, with registration number FF 605 ARD when he was gunned down by the team leader of the OP-MESSA, a 2nd lieutenant soldier.
The OP-MESSA officers came to the area in a vehicle marked 030 and were alleged to have immediately accosted the deceased and shot him dead without a brawl.
Ehindero, 37, who lived at 5, Ogungbade Street, Mende, Maryland was said to be a businessman who distributed in diesel and had been married for five years without a child.
A police source from the Alakara Police Station confirmed that the soldiers shot dead Ehindero and that the culprits escaped before arrest, saying that the deceased was in his SUV with his friend when the OP-MESSA officers stormed the area.
It was gathered that Ehindero’s friend ran into the house when he saw the OP-MESSA officers while the deceased waited.
An eye witness said the team leader of the OP-MESSA ordered Ehindero to get out of his SUV but opened fire on him almost immediately and he died on the spot.
It was not clear what led to the shooting. It was also gathered that the soldiers, after killing the deceased, shot three other residents in the area, who sustained serious injuries.
There was pandemonium at Bada Street as people scampered to safety to avoid being shot by the soldiers.
The soldiers were said to have conveyed the three injured people shot in their vehicle under the pretence that they were taking them to the hospital, only for them to dump them in different areas.
One of the victims was said to have been dumped at Jibowu bus stop to die, but someone who knew him alerted his family who came to pick him from the scene.
The deceased has been deposited at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH Mortuary.
When P.M.NEWS visited the deceased home, there was gloominess as the sad news had been broken to the family, but the deceased wife, Olaitan Ehindero was not immediately told about the demise of her husband.
When she was asked to go to the police station to get information about her husband, she was said to be suspicious that something terrible had happened as she was weeping when she went to the station.
When contacted yesterday, Police Public Relations Officer, Samuel Jinadu said he was not aware of the incident, saying he would find out.
—Kazeem Ugbodaga & Dedeigbo Ayodeji