Tragedy struck in Abeokuta, yesterday, when men of the Vigilante Service of Ogun State, VSO, reportedly shot dead a student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Moruf Raji, 29, and a staff of a telecommunication company, MTN Nigeria, Akeem Usman, 32, while chasing suspected robbers.
The incident occurred at Adigbe, at about 1.00 a.m when a team of the vigilance service allegedly ordered residents of 18A, Sorinola Avenue, Oriyanrin, to open their gate for them to arrest suspected robbers believed to be hiding in the building. An eye witness told Vanguard that some of the residents who were mostly students refused to open the gate, suspecting the vigilante men to be robbers trying to play smart.
The witness further explained that Moruf and Akeem went out from their rooms and opened the gate for them but one of the men of VSO opened fire on the two men killing them instantly. Vanguard gathered that men of the VSO still went ahead to force their way into the compound after shooting the two men and ransacked the rooms, while the victims were bleeding profusely. It was further gathered that, the vigilantes used their patrol vehicle to rush the victims to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba Abeokuta where they died following excessive loss of blood.
Vanguard learnt that, Moroof was a Business Administration student of MAPOLY who was on one-year Industrial attachment and Akeem who was a staff of MTN that go married seven months ago. According to findings, Akeem worked in Lagos but came to Abeokuta to attend a religious programme scheduled for 10.00am on Sunday. He was said to have resolved to sleep with a family-friend because of the proximity of the house to the venue of the programme. His driver, Abayomi Awoyajo was also said to have sustained injury after being battered by the members of vigilance during the raid.
Narrating the incident Abayomi said they were all inside when at about 1.00am ,the vigilante men came asking them to open the door. “We all thought they were armed robbers, we started running helter-skelter, some of us hid in the wardrobe, while some hid under the chairs,” he said. The 30 year old driver, also said the two victims in pool of their blood crawled back into the house,crying loud, while the vigilantes forced their way into the house to continue dealing with all of them in a brutal matter.
“They even asked for brother Akeem’s car key which I gave to them, but, could not be taken out because of the security device installed in it, we were later rushed to the hospital” he explained.
However, as at the time of filing this report, all the members of the vigilante service that were involved in the act have been arrested by the police from Adigbe station.
The case was said to have been transferred to Eleweran Police Headquarters, Abeokuta but the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Muyiwa Adejobi could not be reached as at the time of filing this report