The tranquility hitherto enjoyed by residents of Salawu Street, along Galilee avenue in Iju area of Lagos was truncated last Wednesday, following sporadic gun shots from unknown gunmen. Gripped by trepidation, residents, some of whom were already on their way to their work places scampered in different directions for safety, while those who were jolted from sleep hid in their apartments.
When the dust settled, the body of a man riddled with bullets laid still on the ground;and was later identified as Ayokunle Oluwagbenga Ojo, 40, an Assistant Manager and auditor with the Bank of Industry BOI, Marina, Lagos.
The late Ojo, as gathered, left his family at about 5.45 am that fateful day, with a promise to be home early to attend to some family issues. But little did he envisage that he will not see his family again to fulfil his promise.
Information gathered by Crime Guard revealed that few poles from his building, Ayo( as he was fondly called), stopped, waiting for a commercial motorcycle to take him to the major road, from where he would board a bus to his destination, his assailants surfaced from nowhere and snuffed life out of the promising man who was only promoted to his recent position, two months ago.
A commercial motorcyclist who claimed to have witnessed the gruesome murder of the BOI auditor spoke on condition of anonymity, saying: “At about 5:45am that Wednesday, I was already up for business. I parked here at this junction (pointing to the spot) when the man walked down from his house and stood waiting for the a bike. Then, all of a sudden, some men dressed in black suit approached him and exchanged greetings as if they knew him.
“We later noticed there was an argument between him and the men. They were close so we could hear what they argued about. The men had demanded for his bag and laptop but he refused, telling them he was not with his lap top. He asked them why they were demanding for his things but they could not give him a reason. At that point, one of them pointed a gun at him and told him that whether he released the bag to them or not, they would kill him. Then one of them shouted ‘ call Mopol’.
“At this point, some of them started walking towards that area ( points towards the direction of late Ayomikun’s ‘s house). Another person started making a call on his phone and immediately, a man came out from nowhere and started shooting into the air, causing all of us to flee from the scene.
He shot the banker at the back of his head, and he fell,while the colleagues took the banker’s bag and mobile phone. It was after they left that we summoned courage to return to the scene. With the aid of a touch light, one of us summoned courage and turned him up because he laid faced down. Then, someone from the crowd shouted, ‘ ah, it is Ayo!’ at that point, others who ran for cover started coming out.”