Robbers have shot and killed a father of two, Nnamdi Kingsley, after he told them he had no money to give them.
Eye witnesses said that the robbers invaded 4, Olu Fagbayide Street, Eginrin-Rofo in Odogunyan area of Ikorodu, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, where Kingsley, 33, resided and robbed all the tenants from room to room.
Kingsley, who hailed from Imo state, south-east Nigeria, was shot in the chest and rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital after the robbers had left.
From there he was referred to another hospital where he was confirmed dead on arrival.
According to an eyewitness, the robbers struck on Monday night at about 1a.m. and were shooting and breaking doors into the rooms of occupants and asking for money and other valuables such as jewellery and phones.
They injured many who were perceived to be wasting their time and failing to promptly respond to their orders.
One of the occupants of the house, 40-year old Musbau Akande, a motor mechanic, said the robbers broke into his apartment and asked for money and when he told them there was no money, "one of the robbers corked his gun and said he will waste our lives."
He said as one of them pointed the gun at his wife, he begged and told them there was money and quickly brought out all the money they had in the house; N15,000 from his wife and N30,000 from him, all amounting to N45,000.
"They collected it and our phones and spared our lives but not without giving me a knock on my forehead with the butt of the gun," Akande said.
Another tenant, Mr. Kingsley Ineh who is an artist was also injured in the forehead by the robbers.
According to the 29-year old who lives with his brother in the compound, the robbers were knocking on the window of their room and when he opened the window to see who was knocking, the robbers ordered him to open the door.
As he was trying to ask who they were, they hit him with an object on the forehead.
The robbers, according to people of the area, intended to rob all houses in the area but for the intervention of the police who responded to calls from the state Commissioner of Police who ordered them to go to the scene of the robbery.
The people of the area called the commissioner’s office and informed him that the robbers had entered another compound in the area and collected money and valuables from the victims.
But they escaped when they heard the siren of the police vehicle approaching. The police team led by the Shagamu road Division DPO, Mr. Benard, came in five patrol vehicles but the robbers fled before the police got there.
Before his death, Kingsley worked as an electrician with Spintex Nigeria Plc but lost the job two years ago. Since then, he was doing menial jobs. His neighbours described him as a hard working and friendly person. His parents are still alive.