The Lagos State Police Command is currently on the lookout for three suspects who shot dead an elderly woman and injured her son at the Dolphin area of the state.
Late in the evening of February 29, two residents of 13 Agege Lane, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi area of the state, Nosa Okhomina and Abieyuwa Okhomina, were in their home when three armed men suspected to be agents working for an influential family from Edo State, forcefully broke into the house and attacked them.
They were shot and left in the pool of their own blood.
The survivor on his hospital bed recounted how his mother and he were watching TV at home when they were accosted by the men who told them that they were there for his sister, Adesuwa Okhomina, whom they had a culture based family-related vendetta against.
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He said his mother was shot in the head and several times in the chest while he was beaten mercilessly before one of the hoodlums shot him in the thigh, warning him to take the message to his sister. He tried to get help but was too weak to go far.
He was lucky when a good Samaritan who came to the scene rushed the victims to Lagos State General Hospital, Lagos Island. The matter was reported to the Police.
Investigations revealed that the female victim did not survive the attack as she died on arrival at the hospital of extreme blood loss from the gunshot wounds . However, her son was quickly admitted and was still receiving treatment at the time of this report.
It was gathered from the passerby, a security operative, who took them to the hospital that he was driving home from visiting a friend in the area when he saw the victims in a pool of their own blood in front of the house and decided to assist.
Some of the neighbours said the victims just moved into the area about a week ago and were quiet, peaceful people who kept to themselves.
A police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not suppose to speak with the press is quoted as saying :
“Yes, the female victim passed away on arrival at the hospital as her wounds were too severe and she was on the elderly side as well but her son was lucky that the gunshot didn’t kill him. Anyway, we will soon get to the root of the matter. We can’t tell you everything for security reasons, but the hoodlums told the man that what happened was a message to his sister from her inlaws. Information from the male victim indicates that the family is not happy with his sister and her husband for disobeying family and traditional obligations. This shows that her life is also in danger, but we have stepped up the search for the suspects”.
However, residents of the area this reporter spoke to have expressed fears that the police may not do much as nothing has been heard from them since the incident.
Philomena Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.