Driver docked for manslaughter as hoodlums kill alleged gang leader in Lagos

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BY  IFEANYI OKOLIE,  ONOZURE DANIA

LAGOS— A 34-year-old truck driver, Tayo Adebayo,has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court, sitting in Ikeja for manslaughter.

Also in Shomolu, Bariga and Yaba areas of Lagos State yesterdaysome hoodlums  killed an alleged notorious gang leader, Segun Ogbere, otherwise known as Shaggy at Akoka area of the state.

The defendant, who is standing trial before Magistrate A.O, Akinde, is facing a one-count charge bordering on manslaughter preferred against him by the police.

Adebayo, who resides at 7, Aderitan Street, Ibadan, Oyo State, was said to have committed the crime on December 5, 2013, at about 10:30 p.m.

The police Prosecutor, Sergeant Chinalu Uwadione, said the incident occurred at Ile-Zik Junction, near New Testament Church Inward at Agege Motor Road, Lagos.

Uwadione told the court that the defendant being the driver in charge of one Mercedes Benz truck with  number plate EKY 510XG, drove in a very dangerous manner on the highway, which caused the death of one  Owolabi Segun, who was 35 years old.

RESIDENTS of Shomolu, Bariga and Yaba areas of Lagos State are currently living in fear following yesterday’s killing of alleged notorious gang leader, Segun Ogbere, otherwise known as Shaggy, by some hoodlums at Akoka area of the state.

The 36-year-old man who has led several violent clashes against Down-Town boys and other restive groups operating in Shomolu and Bariga areas was stabbed to death by four armed men who accosted him in a vehicle at Adeshina Street, Akoka.

Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that Shaggy was spotted on the passenger’s seat of a truck carrying sand to a building site, when he was accosted and dragged out of the vehicle by four men led by one Ibrahim Balogun aka Small Jaypron, who is said to be the leader of Down-Town boys and was  recently released from Ikoyi Prison.

The assailants abandoned the knives used in killing Shaggy at the scene before fleeing. Shaggy and Small Jaypron have had a long standing feud over supremacy over the collection of tolls from commercial vehicles operating in the area.

News of the killing sent panic across the area, forcing traders to lock up their shops while residents made frantic calls to their relatives to stay away from the area, fearing a possible reprisal.

Meanwhile, the police said they have stepped up security in Yaba and Bariga to forestall a reprisal.

Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said the matter was being investigated at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, adding: “We have commenced investigations into the matter. However, the area is calm.”

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