By Bashir Adefaka
But for mother luck that stood in his favor, Mr. Ismaila Ahinde would by now have become a dead man. The 35-year-old Ahinde is an oil merchant at Iganmu in Lagos.
Seeing the media as people’s court, Mr. Ismaila Ahinde visited the head office of Vanguard Newspapers at Apapa, Lagos on Monday, November 29, 2010 where he raised alarm over an attempt by a police sergeant, simply called Wale a.k.a. Walata who, he alleged, did not only shoot at him but also when he realized that he did not die by that shot, threatened to come back later to ensure he killed him.
According to him, it was on Saturday November 27, 2010 in the afternoon when suddenly the police personnel came to the place where he, Ahinde, was doing his oil business as usual. He said the police sergeant, Wale, shot twice into the air and aimed the third shot at him and that only God saved him that the bullet did not kill but only hit him on the left leg thereby leaving him with serious injury.
Mr. Ahinde came to Vanguard office with apparently severe injury, which he said was inflicted on his leg as a result of the gun shot by the policeman.
When contacted,Lagos State Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Paul Mba, declined comments on the incident. He said it was not within his coverage area to speak for the Zone 2 Police Command to which the alleged corp was said to be attached.
“Unfortunately I don’t speak for Zone 2 Command. They are on their own. They have their own PRO.” Mba said.
All efforts to reach the PRO, Zone 2 Police Command proved abortive as at press time.
Asked what was the genesis of the matter that degenerated into the use of gun against him by the police sergeant, Mr. Ahinde explained that he and the police sergeant had known each other for three years and there has never been any problem between them.
His words: “He and I had nothing in contention between us. I was at my trading point opposite National Stadium when he came in his silver-color BMW car while I was by my car side cleaning its body.
“All I saw was that he started to shoot. He shot twice into the air and the third shot, he aimed at me but it hit my leg when I tried to run for my dear life. I don’t know what I did to annoy him and he was still threatening that he wanted to kill me.”
He went further: “He said I offended him. His name is Wale but we call him Walata. He works with Zone 2 Police Command.” Ahinde said.
Probed further as to what exactly transpired between the two since it is said that there could never be smoke without fire, all Ismaila Ahinde could recall was an incident dated three years ago when both of them in the company of other friends, were at a joint where a high life musician was on the band stand.
“Three years back, we were at a place where we used to drink at Costain Round About. A musician called Agbara came to play for us and he was singing my praises. Wale now came to me and said I asked the musician not to sing his (Wale) own praises.” That, Ahinde said, was the beginning of the threat that climaxed into almost taking his life by the supposed offended Police officer.
“After that time, he met me with some friends and slapped me up to eight times and I did nothing but to beg him”, he further said, expressing shock that Sergeant Wale could come that fateful Saturday to revisit an issue they had both trashed out since three years ago and just opened fire at, not animal but, human being in a way that should have sent the bread winner and father of four, to an early grave.
Ahmed is married with two wives with four children and he is said to be a successful oil merchant in his respect in Iganmu, Lagos.