By Evelyn Usman
Lagos State PoliceÂ Commissioner, Mr Marvel Akpoyibo, has directed that a discreet investigation be carried out on the murder of a businessman by a gun man last week at the Alaba International market, along Badagry expressway.
He has directed the immediate transfer of the case from Ojo police division to the State Criminal Investigation Department(SCID), Panti Yaba.
The deceased identified as Ibrahim Mustapha, who shuttled between Kwara and Lagos states, was said to have been shot dead in the full glare of helpless traders and passers-by who were gripped with trepidation, at about 3pm, Tuesday last week.
The late Ibrahim, as gathered, had gone to withdraw the sum of N300,000 from one of the new generation banks in Satellite area, from where he made for the market to purchase some chandelier light.Â His assailant who apparently trailed him from the bank to the front of an electronic shop, announced his presence as unsuspecting Ibrahim made to open the boot of his car to collect the withdrawn money.
Eye witnesses said the gunman approached him and instructedÂ that he surrender the withdrawn money, only for Ibrahim to have asked the intruder what he meant.
AndÂ in response, the gun man reportedly fired some shots into the air before aiming a shot right in Ibrahimâ€™s chest, thereby snuffing life out of him.
Eyewitnesses said he thereafter fired another round of shots into the air as he made away with the money. The gun shots disrupted business transactions at the popular market, as traders and customers fled for safety.
The body of the late Ibrahim who hailed from Kwara state and lived at Shalom Estate in Satellite area, was reportedly deposited at the Nigerian Navy Hospital Mortuary before it was laid to Mother Earth the next day at the Vaults and Garden Cemetery , Ikoyi, with his widow, her three children and other sympathizers, crying uncontrollably.
Meanwhile, driver of the deceased is said to have been arrested by policemen from Ojo division.Â Â Â His arrest, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, followed revelations by members of the late Ibrahim family that he (driver) was unknown to them.
The driver, as gathered,Â was invited over by the deceased, a day before the unfortunate incident,Â with a view to driving him to his home town for the Sallah celebration.
Mba stated that investigation by operatives at the State Criminal Investigations Department(SCID), Panti, Yaba,Â would ascertain whether the driver knew anything about the murder of Ibrahim, adding also that the Police were on the trail of the fleeing gun man.
… As Police kill robbery suspect
Sporadic gun shots fromÂ fleeing robbers , last Tuesday, truncated the peace and tranquility hitherto experienced atÂ Odozi street, opposite Texaco filling station, , Ojodu Berger , Lagos, gripping the residents with trepidation.The robbers, numbering two, apparently trailed their victim to the spot, at about 4pm and in a commando-like manner, snatched his Honda accord saloon car with plate number ES 146 ABC, shooting indiscriminately as they fled the scene.
The gun shots were said to have attracted a police patrol team from Ojodu who gave the fleeing robbers a hot chase. The robbers, reportedly headed towards Ogba Road, shooting as they drove on, to ward off intruders. When they got to Isheri/Akiode bus-stop, the robbers reportedly engaged another team of Policemen in fierce a battle.
During the exchange of fire, a member of the gang who was driving their vehicle reportedly sustained bullet wounds. Sensing danger, his partner in crime reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and escaped into the crowd. But the policemen, eye witnesses said, could not shoot, apparently to avoid firing at innocent persons who fled at different directions for safety.
The injured suspect, according to the Commandâ€™s spokesman, Mr Frank Mba, later gave up the ghost while his remains had beenÂ deposited at the mortuary.