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Ladipo Traders Urge Police To Fish Out Slain Member’s Killers

Posted: Mar 1, 2016 at 5:36 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Andrew Utulu, Lagos

Ladipo auto spare parts dealers under the aegis of Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Executive (LACEC) and members of the family of late Anene Utaze, a 28-year-old spare parts dealer in the market, who was gruesomely murdered by some thugs in Lagos last week have cried out to the police to urgently fish out those responsible for the death of their member.

It was alleged that one Mr. Monday Lawrence Obijiogu aka Ijoba, an Igbo man and cemetery attendant  with Mushin Local Government Council, led some thugs numbering over 100 invaded the market with dangerous weapons including guns and cutlasses on February 25, 2016 and shot the deceased to death.

The leadership of the market and family members lamented that since the incident, the police have not been able to arrest any of the culprits.

Speaking during a press conference at Ladipo market on Monday, Mr. Kingsley Ike Ogunor,  President- General of Ladipo Market, said that problem started when Owoyemi Family who purportedly led claim to a portion of the market (Odo Aladura Market) which had over 2,000 traders with over 20,000 dependents allegedly  took laws in their own hands and hired the leader of the hoodlums, Monday Lawrence Obijiogu aka Ijoba to demolish the Odo Aladura Market without following due process of the law.

The traders alleged that on  February 18, 2015, the market was attacked by Monday and his gang now at large and inflicted several machete cuts on the head of the deceased before firing him in the thigh muscle with gun.

“He fell into coma and was rushed to the hospital where he gave up the ghost on 25th February, 2016.”

Ogunor said that the magnitude of the case and its emotional outburst was not one to be swept under the carpet.

“Let me also use this opportunity to debunk the rumours making the rounds that we are fighting our wonderful Yoruba community. We are only seeking justice for our departed member, killed by another Igbo man.

“We urge the Inspector-General   of  Police, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2, and Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, to fish out the murderer wherever he might be taking refuge and bring him to justice,” adding that the they have confidence in the Nigeria Police Force in discharging their constitutional duties.

When Independent contacted Dolapo Badmus, spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command, on phone to confirm if any arrest had been made by the police since the incident, Badmus, a Superintendent of Police replied: “The matter is still under investigation. At the appropriate time, we will make a statement on the outcome of our investigation.”

Meanwhile, the family of the deceased was sad that an incident of such magnitude occurred and the police were yet to make any arrest.

Mr. Dieke Denis, uncle of the deceased, lamented that the aged father of late Anene is waiting for them in the village to bring his corpse home.

“It is very sad. The deceased was doing his legitimate business in the market until the incident. When family members rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to see him, he had died. I wonder why the hoodlums were not resisted until they did the havoc.

“His shop was at the middle of the market, not at the entrance. This is the breadwinner of the family who lost his wife sometime ago. Somebody is using our Igbo brother to destroy us,” Dieke lamented.