By Evelyn Usman
Gunmen, in the early hours of yesterday, stormed an apartment in a block of flats in Unity Estate, Akowonjo area of Egbeda, killing a man, his wife, his child and their maid.
Details of the tragic incident that sent cold shivers down the spines of residents of the area were sketchy at press time.
Vanguard, however, gathered that the gunmen suspected to be hired assassins, stormed the building at about 2am and fired shots, apparently to wade off intruders.
A resident of another flat in the block, who pleaded anonymity, said there was an argument between the gunmen and owner of the flat whose identity could not be immediately ascertained.
According to the neighbour, “the gunmen scaled through the fence of the building and held the gateman hostage.
“They beat the gate man, tied his hands and asked him to leave the vicinity, threatening to kill him if he alerted the Police.
“They, thereafter, made straight for the flat from where we heard argument. We heard the owner of the apartment shouting ‘no, no’. We did not know what the argument was about. The next thing we heard were gun shots, with the victim still shouting ‘no, don’t,’ but the assassins continued to fired intermittently.
Sound of the gun shots died down when it was 4 am. But nobody dared to go to the affected flat until daylight.”
It was gathered that policemen later arrived and took the corpses away.
When the Lagos State Police Command Deputy spokesman, Lelma Kolle, was contacted, he said he was on an official assignment but promised to get back after he would have received details from the Divisional Police Officer under whose juridiction the incident occurred.
Robbers attack Elerinko Estate
In another development, robbers yesterday, went on the rampage in Ijoko Otta area of Ogun State, dispossessing residents of Elerinko Estate of cash and other valuables. Among those attacked was a man who reportedly just returned from Ghana.
The attack, as gathered, was in confirmation of the robbers’ earlier threat to attack the area. They were said to have written the residents two months ago, advising them to keep cash at home for them.
Although the Ogun State Police Command was said to have deplored teams of policemen on a 24-hour patrol which was done for one month, the robbers took residents unaware barely two weeks after the patrol team stopped.
To this effect, the fear stricken residents have stressed the need for the establishment of a police post in the area with a view to nipping activities of robbers in the bud.