Police Flee As Robbers Abduct Couple, Kill Guard
Tragedy struck on Monday as armed robbers shot dead a security guard, identified only as Kayode, in front of the Ibafo Police Division.
She said, “The incident happened around 10pm. The woman, who is my friend, was pregnant and her doctor recommended that she should do a scan. I was called to take them to a private maternity centre in Ibafo.“From the maternity centre, we decided to go to a hospital in Ikeja. As her husband opened the vehicle doors with a remote, she entered and sat at the front, while I took my seat at the back. Her husband had just entered the SUV when a man suddenly appeared and started dragging the steering with him.“I alighted from the car and called for help. I saw a man and I begged him to assist us, but he ignored me. I never knew he was among the robbers.”
“The bullet hit one of us and the man died immediately. The police heard the gunshot and rushed out. I started begging them to help us, saying there was a pregnant woman in critical condition in the vehicle. There were two of them, a man and a woman. But they shunned me.“I called my husband on the telephone and told him what happened. He said I should call the police and I told him I was with them but they were not doing anything. When the police heard that, they quickly shut their gate.”
The policemen were said to have opened their gate and invited Olojede to make statements.“Later, they asked if there was anybody that could identify the man that was shot dead and two men came forward and said he was a member of the OPC and his name was Kayode.“They then put him in the same van they were supposed to use to chase the robbers, preparing him for the mortuary. They started asking me all kinds of irrelevant questions. They told their DPO on the telephone that they had attended to me,” she added.
“They dropped them around Lotto, and drove off in their jeep. It was a Good Samaritan that assisted them.“My friend and his wife are in different hospitals. The bullet pierced him around the eye.“We suspect that the robbers came out from a brothel close to the maternity area. The place is notorious. The police did not also do well. They didn’t respond until their DPO called them.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the death of the victim.He, however, denied that the police fled and shut its gate against the residents. He said, “We have a confirmation that somebody was shot dead around the police station and the police heard a woman calling for help; and she was attended to. Nobody shut any gate; it is not possible. The couple, who were abducted, were rescued in the Redemption Camp area, and they have regained their freedom. They are being treated in a clinic