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One dead as robbers attack Ogun community

A senior engineer with an Information and Communications Technology company, identified as Adebayo Akinwunmi, was on Sunday shot dead by suspected robbers.

It was gathered that the victim was killed around 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 13 around Madam Felicia Street, Orimerunmu, Ofada-Mokoloki, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State when a four-man gang attacked the community.

An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, told Punch that the four men suspected to be robbers scaled the fence into the engineer’s house.

He said, “They were four in number and did not wear any mask. The man’s wife was sleeping when they shouted through the window that the family should open the door. They showed their guns and threatened to shoot.

“The man asked the wife to stay in the bedroom and assured the robbers that he would open the door. He was about to open the door when the men, who had become impatient, broke the door with their legs.

“As they were querying the man for being sluggish, the wife came out and started begging them.

“They asked the wife what they had and she gave them their ATM cards, phones and laptops.

“One of them just shot the engineer in the rib. Others queried the man for shooting him and they hurriedly left the apartment.

“They led the wife out and asked her to open the gate and find someone that would take the husband to a hospital. They asked her not to shout.”

It was learnt that the wife of the deceased immediately after the raid contacted the sister-in-law, got a vehicle and took her husband to a private medical facility in the area.

He was reportedly rejected at the hospital as the doctors allegedly demanded a police report for the gunshot injuries after which he gave up the ghost.

“We were finally referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, we were told that there was no surgeon to attend to him due to the ongoing strike actions of medical doctors in the country.

“Because there was nobody to attend to us, he gave up at LASUTH. He would have marked his 41 years birthday on May 29, 2018.

“This is the fifth time that the robbers would attack their house. The previous times, the robbers burgled the house when they were not at home. This was the only time they met them at home,” a close family member stated.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirming the incident said the police were on the trail of the suspects.

“It was an unfortunate incident. The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has deployed men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the area. We have enough clues and very soon, we will bring them to justice.

“In fact, men of the FSARS are closing in on them as we speak. This kind of crime has never been perpetrated in Ogun without the assailants being arrested and this will not be an exception,” PPRO Oyeyemi said.

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