Trader shot dead during robbery in Lagos

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Mr Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police

Mr Mohammed Adamu, Acting Inspector-General of Police.

A trader, Binaebilayefa Dawudu, was short dead by gunmen during a robbery operation on Saturday in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Dawudu was said to be on his way home, from a mosque where he had just observed his prayer, when he was hit by bullet from the robbers.

According to punch, a 25-year old witness, who identified himself simply as Kunle, narrated that “I was on my way to buy foodstuffs in the market when I heard three gunshots. But because there was no electricity, we ran into a bet shop for safety. One of the assailants followed us into the shop. He ordered us to lie down and robbed us and other customers of our valuables. Afterwards, he left. It was when I got to my hostel that I heard that Dawudu had been killed.”

A friend of the deceased, who did not want his name in print, said Dawudu was killed because he took the route the gunmen used to flee from the crime scene.

“We were together when Dawudu left to pray in the mosque. After praying, he was on his way home when the people that came to rob the area shot him to death. The PPL area is very dangerous; in fact, the management of the Lagos State University has marked the area unsafe for students’ habitation. But students still live there because it is close to the school,” he added.

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However, the deceased’s family has called on the Lagos State Police Command to conduct thorough investigation into the events that led to Dawudu’s death and apprehend his killers.

The deceased’s brother, Abiodun, said only justice would assuage the hurt of the family.

He said, “I got a call from his friend that he was shot dead; I called other people who confirmed the incident. This is not the first time they will be killing people.

“Aside from my brother, they killed another man in the area this year. We want the police to investigate the incident and bring the killers to justice.”