Residents of an estate in Lagos State have been made to flee their community after gunmen murder some people.
Punch reports reports that a site engineer identified simply as Isaac, was caught in the crossfire and lost his life in the attack.
Aside the killing of Engineer Isaac, a a 56-year old pastor, Isiaka Aikomo, was also shot dead by unknown gunmen in the nearby Joy Estate in the area, when he went to supervise a building site, a few days ago, adding to the fear that has gripped the residents of the area, forcing them to flee for safety.
When Punch visited the estate on Tuesday, June 7, the area was deserted, while one of the few residents around, narrated that the kidnappers got wild when a woman brought a ransom to be paid for her kidnapped husband, and they noticed that some policemen had trailed her.
“A certain woman came to pay ransom to the kidnappers at Mowo Nla, an area near our estate. The woman earlier came on Sunday as the kidnappers told her. Then on Monday, the suspicious movement of the woman caught the attention of some policemen attached to the Babington Macaulay Police Post, and they went after her.
They trailed her to the hideout where the kidnappers were supposed to collect the ransom. The presence of the policemen provoked the gunmen, who came out of their hidings and began to shoot sporadically.
They shot dead Isaac and injured other people in the process. The attack lasted from 1pm till around 5pm. Later, policemen came from the area command to remove the corpse of the engineer. The area commander assured us that his men would do the needful. But nobody has confidence to return to the estate.”
Another eyewitness said the site engineer was shot dead on the suspicion that he was a spy for the policemen.
“When we began to hear the sporadic gunshots, I fled without locking my shop. The gunmen angrily broke all my bottles. They destroyed other property.
Isaac was pursued to a block molding industry where they shot him. They must have felt he was a spy for the policemen.
The area commander of Ijede, and his team later arrived after the sporadic shootings. More residents have deserted the estate.”