Hoodlums Kill NURTW Treasurer In Lagos

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Hoodlums in the Grammar School area of Ikorodu have reportedly killed the treasurer of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Jibowu-Yaba Branch, Alowonle Asekun.

Asekun was said to be on his way out of the Ajasa-Lamberu Street in the Grammar School area when he was accosted by the hoodlums, who shot him to death in front of the First Atlantic School on Friday, February 8, 2019.

Eyewitnesses, who spoke to PUNCH Metro at the scene of incident, said the hoodlums trailed Asekun to the area, adding that the news of his death had caused panic in the Jibowu and Fadeyi areas of the state.

One of the eyewitnesses, Akeem Adepoju, a taxi driver, said Asekun was shot three times and died on the spot.

“I was in my wife’s shop when the incident happened. Before the hoodlums carried out the attack on the man, I observed that about four boys, who wore fez caps, parked their motorcycles and walked around our street for over one hour. Around 2pm, Asekun was on his way out when they attacked him and shot him three times till he died.

“Immediately they killed him, they took his wristwatch, phone and emptied his pocket. Later on, the patrol vehicle of the Onyabo Vigilante Group came to carry his remains,” he said.

Another eyewitness, who simply identified herself as Titilayo, said one of Asekun’s killers walked out of the street without fear of being arrested, while the others fled on their motorcycles.

A member of the NURTW, Shehu Kazeem in the Jibowu-Yaba branch, said one of the suspected killers called him with a hidden number to inform him that Asekun had been murdered.

Kazeem said, “Immediately the incident happened, we realised that police officers had been stationed in the Ereko area. At first, I didn’t know what was going on, until someone called me with a hidden number to inform me that we should go and carry Asekun’s corpse.

“I went to the place where he was murdered and confirmed what they said. I really can’t explain how I felt when I saw his corpse. His death was very painful.”

The Chairman of the NURTW in the branch, Femi Akinboyeku, lamented the death of the treasurer and charged the police to investigate the case and arrest the killers.

He said, “I was at home when I received the news of the death of my treasurer. From what I gathered, it’s like some people used the number of someone he was familiar with to call him to meet them at the particular point where he was murdered.

“The people I suspect to have carried out the attack are the ‘Ereko boys’ at Fadeyi. These ‘Ereko boys’ are not our union members; they are usually not happy with our activities as a union.”

The Provost Marshal, Onyabo Vigilante Group, Olabinjo Olanrewaju, while blaming residents for not informing the outfit early enough when the hoodlums were roaming the area, said the remains of the deceased were recovered and taken to the Ikorodu Division Police Station.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident, said two people had been arrested in connection with the crime.

“However, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Zubairu Mu’azu, has directed that the case be transferred to the homicide section, SCIID, Panti, for further investigation,” he said.

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