Gunmen, Wednesday night, shot a 60-year-old man dead in his apartment at 14, Ifesowapo Street, in the Ilaje-Bariga area of Lagos. The three gunmen reportedly did not take anything from the apartment.
Eye-witnesses told Vanguard that the armed men stormed the building about 8 p.m. when the victim, Mr. James Ariyomoye, was having dinner.
They were said to have demanded an unspecified amount they claimed he was intended to pay to bail his nephew who was in their detention camp. But before he could fathom what they were up to, the gunmen reportedly opened fire, shooting him thrice.
The nephew, who was simply identified as Shaggy, was arrested over leadership crisis in the community in which five persons reportedly died.
Since his arrest, there had reportedly been crisis between Shaggy’s and his rival’s factions in which no fewer than eight persons had died.
According to reports, after the gunmen left, it was discovered that the 60-year-old man was killed in error as he was not their target.
A resident of the area said: “When the gunmen demanded the money for bail, the man was surprised and asked what they meant. But they did not give him chance to explain before they shot him. It was later discovered that the person they learnt was Shaggy’s uncle who lives next door to the deceased.”
Mrs Ariyomoye, who was in the sitting room when the gunmen struck, reportedly fainted on seeing her husband in the pool of blood.
Her son was said to have rushed to the Bariga Police Division to lodge a complaint, consequent upon which a team of policemen were drafted to the scene. But, by then, the gunmen had fled. The policemen removed the body to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, Mortuary.
Contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said investigation had begun.