There have been reported multiple cases with a similar pattern of killings and armed robbery allegedly orchestrated by men in military uniforms in Lagos, according to findings by National Daily.
At least 3 cases have been reportedly confirmed.
National Daily gathered that the killers who reportedly operate around Ikeja, Oshodi and Ojodu-Berger axis mount late night checkpoints and target lone drivers who they rob and kill.
Recall that Ogun West Senator, Olamilekan Adeola aka Yayi recently raised an alarm after his senior aide, Adeniyi Oluwatosin Sanni, in the early hours of Saturday August 5, 2023 fell victim on his way home towards Isheri.
Sanni was stopped at a checking point around Ojodu- Berger Area of Lagos by ‘security agents’ who asked him to provide the documents of the car he was driving, which he did through a call to his wife who sent all the documents to his phone WhatsApp.
That was the last she heard from her husband and the body of Mr. Sanni, ridden with bullets, was later discovered at Toyota Bus Stop area of Oshodi, close to a military barrack.
The state assembly lawmakers on Tuesday confirmed the cases and called on Gov Sanwo-olu to summon a security meeting.
Speaker, Dr. Obasa, who stressed that security of lives and property is one essence of government, added: “Where we begin to have one, two, three killings in the State, it definitely calls for concern.
“At least three people have been declared dead, said to be killed by men in either Police or Army uniforms and we cannot conclude if they are security men or otherwise.”
Hon. Joseph Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho 2) recalled that earlier in August, 2023, a resident, Adeniyi Sanni, was murdered. He said there were two other incidents on August 17 and August 19.
“The funny thing is that the series of killings took the same pattern. Adeniyi Sanni’s wife told me that her husband was stopped at a checkpoint by men in military uniforms. They requested for documents which the wife sent through WhatsApp to him. His corpse was later found somewhere.
“Same was the case of Mr. Lawal who was stopped and asked for his documents. They later dropped his corpse in the Iyana-Ipaja area,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 81 Division, Nigerian Army, has started an investigation into the killing of Lawal by some persons allegedly in military uniform.
The Division’s spokesman, Lt.-Col. Olabisi Ayeni, stated it was carrying out the investigation in conjunction with the police to unravel the identity of the suspects.
“Steps are being taken to identify the persons allegedly in military uniform and believed to be soldiers and to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident,” he stated.
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