Friday, 5 June 2015
Five Die After Attending Naming Ceremony In Lagos
According to Punch report, the victims were returning from a naming ceremony on June 3, Wednesday, when the hoodlums waylaid them and opened fire on their bus.
They also slit the throats of some of the bus occupants with cutlasses and knives.
Those who lost their lives were identified as Ganiyu Lawal, aka Ebe; Idris Kolapo; Samsudeen Osoja, aka Songa; Rafiu, aka Ralph; and Ladi.
Five others managed to escape with injuries.
The deceased and survivors were said to be working with the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Oyebanji branch, Lagos Island, Alhaji Mustapha Adekunle (aka Seego).
Trouble was said to have started on Sunday when Seego and the leader of a rival gang, Tunde (aka Yellow) met at a function. “During the event, he sighted Yellow and asked him to bow to him. When the latter refused, he became angry and ordered his boys to deal with him. Yellow was beaten and his clothes torn by Songa, who works for Seego,” a source said.
Another source identified as Pepe John said, on the day of the incident, the wife of one of the boys in Ajah had a naming ceremony and men from Seego’s group went there to party.
He said: “As they left after the party, a group of boys shot at their vehicle. They entered the bus and started slashing their throats.”
The head of Songa, who beat up Yellow, was reportedly cut off by the attackers and they took the head away with them, but left the other corpses.
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Those who managed to escape later identified their identified their alleged attackers to include Tunde Yellow, Small Kuramo, Sharon, Abbas, Olokodana, Ade, Ibafo John, Orji Mass, Baba Raji and one Ejo Ilaje.
The incident led to chaos in the area as more than 100 hoodlums took to the street on Thursday, searching for the men for their alleged involvement in the killings. They burnt properties, firing shots in the air.
The police later arrived and were said to be arresting innocent people.
Confirming the incident, Kenneth Nwosu, the police public relations officer, said only two people died while three others sustained injuries.
Some weeks back, 34 suspected hoodlums had been arrested by officials of the Lagos state taskforce on environmental and special offences (Enforcement) unit in the Oshodi area of the state.