Armed robbers have shot three people dead within three weeks at Ipamesan and Oyede communities, Sango, in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
During the latest operation in the early hours of Wednesday, the robbers reportedly killed a motor boy, Olugori Adewale, and injured his neighbour, one Lekan, aka Daddy Praise, on Olufunmilayo Street, Ipamesan, Sango.
Sources claimed that the victims, alongside their family members, were sleeping when the hoodlums invaded their residence at midnight.
The gunmen, after scaling the fence of the building, used a rope to tie the security guard.
Adewale’s neighbour,m who will not want her name in print said the robbers, who were six in number, after pinning down the security guard, attempted luring residents out of their rooms.
She explained that Adewale, upon sighting one of the robbers through the window raised the alarm.
She said, “I was in my room when I heard Adewale shouting and arguing with one of the robbers. He never knew that they were up to six. He thought it was only one person and was shouting at the person and also screaming for help. So, the person went to the window of his kitchen, which had no burglary-proof bars, and gained entry; some other accomplices also entered the apartment from the kitchen and shot him dead.
“One of our neighbours, Lekan, a father of three, who heard Adewale screaming for help before he was shot, also rushed out to assist; but the armed robbers, on sighting him, shot him in the stomach.
“The incident happened around 3am and after the armed robbers left, we tried to rush the victims to a hospital. But as we carried Adewale and stepped out of our building, one of the armed robbers, who was still around, shot in our direction.”
She said they dropped Adewale, who was gasping for breath on the road, and rushed back into their apartments, adding that when they returned, the motor boy had already died.
One of the deceased’s friends, said Adewale’s wife, Bisola, and child, Basit, who were traumatised by the death of their breadwinner, had been taken to another location.
He said, “Adewale worked as a motor boy with one Olumide Adekunle. It was Adekunle that called to inform me that robbers shot him dead.
“It was when I got there that I realised that the armed robbers also shot his neighbour. The neighbour was rushed to the Hetta Hospital, and no one can say if he is still alive or dead.
“But my friend’s corpse is still at home. Some weeks ago, armed robbers also attacked and killed two people in Oyede community.”
The Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) for Ogun State command, Abimbola Oyeyemi said efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.
He said, “They (suspects) attacked the place and shot the man. But according to the information the policemen got, the man struggled with them and that was why he was shot. The man was taken to a hospital but unfortunately, we lost him.