Two men, Sale Abacha and Malummodu Ibrahim, were allegedly shot dead by soldiers in the Adigbe area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The soldiers, said to be led by one Lt. Col. Ali, and one Barrister Bashir, invaded the community around 1am last Saturday and at least 5 people were shot during attack and they were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre for treatment.
NEWSCASTARS.COM gathered from Punch reports that, two passed on and it all started following an argument between Bashir and a member of the community, Suleiman Yawal, on New Year’s Eve.
Bashir was said to have taunted Yawal, saying he once facilitated Yawal release for an offence he committed five years ago but Yawal said his release was all thanks to God and a family member.
This led to an argument and Bashir was said to have left the community in anger, threatening to deal with Yawal on his return.
An eyewitness, Ibrahim Suleiman, told Punch that residents were asleep when Bashir stormed the house with soldiers, who allegedly shot sporadically.
He said: “The gunshots woke me up and I immediately heard the soldiers ordering everyone to lie down. One of them said anyone that runs should be shot. My brothers and I were on the floor until they got into our room and told us to come out.
“The soldiers led us to where they gathered other members of the community and when we got there, they told Barrister Bashir to finger those arguing with him in the afternoon. The soldiers took the three people he selected away.
“Before they left, we asked where they were taking them to, but the person who led the team introduced himself as Lieutenant Colonel Ali, and said he would report the incident at the Adigbe Police Station.”
The Seriki of Apoki-Adigbe community, Abdullahi Hazan, said the invasion was criminal and demanded justice.
He said: “The soldiers parked their vehicles at the gate and Bashir led them into the compound and attacked my boys while they were asleep. They shot and killed Sale Abacha and Malummodu Ibrahim, and injured five others, including Musa, Karagama, Abuna Abba, Kyari, Usman Abubakar.
“They also arrested Suleiman Yawal, Haruna Yusuf and Sadiq Gado. All we want is justice and for the arrested victims to be released.”
The spokesperson for the 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Olaniyi Osoba, said, “Following credible intelligence on the presence of fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in Apoki-Adigbe area of Abeokuta South LGA, troops raided the suspected hideout. During the operation, troops arrested three suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects are indigenes of Gwoza and Danboa LGA of Borno State. However, on the claim that two persons were shot dead during the raid, investigation will be conducted and I will get back to you on it.”