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Community deserted after gunmen kill 4 residents



The sleepy community of Banku Estate, Wawa, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State is now a grave yard of some sort as residents have deserted their homes following the killing of four residents and the injuring of three other victims by heavily armed gunmen.
According to reports, the assailants had stormed the usually quite vicinity in search of the community leader identified as Bashorun but when they couldn’t find him, the leader of the gang order his other group members to open fire on anyone they came across in the community.
Reports say the sporadic gunshots that followed thereafter caught up with four victims, with most of them being workers at a block-moulding factory and other residents in the community.
Eyewitnesses say the gunmen moved from house to house spreading terror, with the deceased victims identified as Saheed Olanure (21), Alfa Daniel (36), Lekan Nojeemu (24), and Emeka Chiasung (28) while three others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries.
According to a resident of the area who pleaded anonymity, the gunmen carried out their operation late at night.
“They came in through a swamp and left through the same way. I was in the toilet when they came. I just heard gunshots and the sound of people running.
“They entered the house beside ours. They were saying, ‘Kill everybody,’ ‘Anybody that comes outside, kill’. People ran inside and shut themselves in.
“They started knocking on doors. They were shouting at a man to come outside, but he refused. The next thing I heard was a gunshot and a scream. They went to more houses.
“They started the operation around 9pm and finished around 9.44pm. More than five people were killed, and they didn’t take any money. We picked some corpses from the bush. We later picked one inside a house. We found the dead workers as well. Three people were injured.” The residents said.
Reports say the killings may not be  unconnected with a dispute over land between Bashorun’s gang and a rival group.
Muyiwa Adejobi, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident also said four people lost their lives in the attack.
“There was an invasion of the area through the waterways by suspected militants. The militants attacked and killed four people and injured three others. The state Commissioner of Police is trying to work with the government, other stakeholders and sister agencies. We are making efforts to fortify security in that area.”
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