A suspected cultist has been killed by a rival gang who trailed him to a Lagos community.
A 23-year-old man identified as Dada, was, on Friday, January 22, 2016, butchered by hoodlums who invaded the Iya Agan Street on Old Apapa Road, in the Ebute-Meta area of Lagos State, in what has been described as revenge killing.
It was gathered that the hoodlums who were said to be cultists, has stormed the area and captured the man who was also known as Ratio. They went ahead to butcher him in cold blood, while announcing to residents that they should not panic but go about their businesses as they did not come to the area to harm innocent residents but that they were after their man.
It was also learnt from residents that the anxious residents contacted the vigilance group in the area, which in turn contacted the Iponri Police Division, but by the time the police arrived, the miscreants had escaped while the police took the corpse of the murdered man, away.
A resident narrated that when the hoodlums stormed the street in the evening of the day and fired shots into the air, there was panic but that the gang calmed them down, saying they only trailed a rival member to the area, and they had no plan to unleash terror on anyone.
A shop owner on the street who gave his name as Abimbola, said the attackers came in two tricycles (Keke Marwa), and when they got the victim, they pumped bullets into his body but when the bullets did not penetrate him, they brought out cutlasses and inflicted several cuts on him, leaving dead at the end of the day before fleeing the scene.
Another resident said that the murdered man was suspected to be a member of a gang called Fagbayimu Boys in the area, and the other gang came specifically for him.
“Those hoodlums had come on Tuesday to attack a shop owner and collected his phones and money. So, when we saw them again on Friday, we were afraid. But they said they knew the person they were looking for.
Minutes later, they found Dada and started shooting at him. There was a man who came to repair his car at a mechanic workshop at that time, he left his car and climbed a fence in fear. But the hoodlums continued to assure people around the scene that they should not run.
I do not know the deceased’s family members, but he was usually seen with the Fagabayimu Boys. When we told the man on the fence that the hoodlums had gone and he should come down, he refused.”