By Evelyn Usman
The Lagos State Police Command has begun investigation into the killing of Mr. Michael Ogunlusi, the owner of Alloizie Hotel located in Ishawo Road, Owutu area of Ikorodu, Lagos, weekend, by suspected assassins. Vanguard gathered that the gunmen, four in number, wore black jeans, T-shirts and caps, when they stormed the hotel at about 11p.m. While one of them remained in their operational vehicle parked close to the hotel with its lights off, others reportedly drove into the hotel’s premises on a motorcycle, pretending to be guests.
At the reception, they ordered everyone to move into one of the rooms and locked them inside, after collecting their phones. One of the gunmen, who posed as a staff of the hotel, reportedly made straight for the room where its owner, Mr. Ogunlusi, was and hit him with the butt of a pistol. Information at Vanguard’s disposal revealed that an argument over the owner’s alleged affair with a lady, who incidentally was with him, ensued. One of them, believed to be the leader, was said to have accused Ogunlusi of having an affair with their boss’ woman.
Pleas by the fear-stricken Ogunlusi for his life to be spared, with a promise to give them any amount of money reportedly fell on deaf ears as the gunmen shot him at close range. A staff of the hotel, who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard: “We all went into hiding when we heard the gunshots, but no one knew it was from oga’s room. They left in a hurry, jumped into their motorbike and drove out of the premises.
“When they got outside, one of them jumped down and ran inside a car that was parked. We did not know the type of car because it was dark and the driver did not put on the lights as he zoomed off. “It was when we went to ascertain where the gunshots came from that we saw our boss in a pool of blood. His neck, chest and stomach were perforated with bullets. We also saw a lady, who later gave her name as Grace to policemen, with him. She was too shocked to speak.
“But she told policemen that it was obvious our boss knew the gunmen because while begging, he told them that they knew him very well.” At press time yesterday, Grace was reportedly still with the police. Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmus, could not be reached for comments. But her deputy, Chukwuma Ozoani, revealed that four persons had been arrested in connection with the killing, adding that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department, SCIID, for further investigation.