A 44 – year – old security man Temitope Ariyo has been killed ,three policemen and many other villagers shot and injured as armed gunmen invaded Iraye community in the Sagamu Local Government area of Ogun State.

The gunmen also reportedly used the opportunity of the attack to rob residents of their money ,mobile phone ,electronics and other valuable in an incident that has become a subject of Investigations to the police.

 

Grieving wife of the deceased man , Beauty Ariyo called on the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force ,Usman Baba Alkali to order a full scale Investigations into the attack and ensure that the attackers do not go unpunished .
She narrated that ” On Wednesday, he left our house in Fakale near Sagamu He told me he was going to Iraye .He left there to meet with some of his family and I went to work myself.”

” It was in the evening that they called me that so.e people had attacked my husband . They reportedly shot him in both legs and used broken glasses to cut his face .”

The woman also added that ” I was also told that the people dragged him on a motorcycle and took him away ,when they discovered that he was gasping for breath .”

“People should please rise and assist me .I have five children and I cannot take care of them on my own .My husband must not die .”

An eye witness ,76 yrs old Owoduni Bakare said that he was almost killed by the hoodlums and that he was rescued by a woman trader,who rushed him into her house .”

” I am from Iraye .I was born and I grew up here .I went to work in Lagos and returned to the village .I have never seen anything like thisin my life . We have a government in Ogun State The government should step into this matter ”
He narrated that ” We were in the village on Wednesday ,when many thugs started shooting. People were telling me to run . I insisted that I won’t but a woman,who sells by the road side hurriedly pulled me and hid me inside her house .”

Another eye witness , Fausat Olatunji said ” Many of us were playing at the backyard ,when we heard gunshots .They initially went down the road and came back to our house .”

” By then ,we had locked the doors but they broke the window glasses before breaking into our house .They were beating everybody, including my father and my elder brother ,who has a eye problem .”

She also stated that ” the children and my elder brother were initially injured ,when they shattered the glasses but the hoodlums didn’t mind .They kept beating us .”

” They asked us where was Ariyo but we told them that we didn’t know but suddenly ,one of them ,who was wearing deadlock took a broken glass and went straight to where Ariyo was hiding and cut him in the face .”

She further added that ” they dragged him outside and shot him in the two legs .He was struggling to die ,when one of them ,who claimed to be his ( Ariyo) in- law stood on his head and threatened to kill him ”

” Ariyo was pleading with him that’ but you are my in law .why should you do this to me ‘ but the man said ‘ I have threatened to kill you and Stylie .Now is your run .I will also kill Style .”

Another eyewitness ,Monsurat Olayinka said ” We stood there watching them ,when they dragged his blodd – soaked body on one of their motorcycles and took him away .”

Baale of Iraye Chief Balogun Kalejaiye Habeeb told newsmen that the latest attack was the second in two years and that the armed hoodlums have taken over the village

On Wednesday 19th of January 2022 between 2 and 3 PM .These hoodlums numbering over two hundred and armed with guns and other dangerous weapons invaded the community and attacked our children , elderly ones and other villagers .”

” We have had rumours that they were coming since last year but only policemen from the Adminstration section of FCIB Abuja were coming into the town with some of these hoodlums .”

The village head added that ” Last Wednesday ,the policemen from Abuja said that they were there to inspect a palace but they moved round the village and didn’t find any palace.”

“On the 26th June 2019 ,this same people brought policemen from the Zonal Intervention Squad ( ZIS) Obada,Abeokuta shot sporadically into many homes but we insisted that we would not be scared away from our ancestral homes .”

Chief Balogun also added that ” The police from Abuja had barely left the village ,when these armed hoodlums ,who were led by a certain Otunba Danladi and Ganiu Eleda ,Mukaila Actor,Shakiru Shaku Adamo ,Kandu Ita Oluwo ,Wasiu Epo Saheed Agali started shooting in the village .”

” We have all escaped from the village because the hoodlums are there .They kill cow everyday and cook on our ancestral land .The IG should save our lives from this criminal .

A police source at Igode Police Station,who spoke under the condition of anonymity confirmed the incident and added that a report had already been sent to the state police headquarters in Eleweran , Abeokuta.

The police source confirmed that “We don’ t know if the man has been killed or not but we are investigating the attack on the village and we are investigating a case of a missing person .”

Meanwhile efforts to speak with the image maker in charge of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi failed as calls to his mobile phone line were not answered .

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