…As Police confirms two dead, many injured
By Richard Adejare
A popular All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain in Mushin, Alhaji Taoreed Farounbi popularly called Alado has been fingered in breach of public peace at Whitesand community between Festac and Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos, News Hub Mag! reports.
The elder statesman who is based at Isheri-Oshun is enmeshed in the violence that left two people and several others injured over dispute on land boundary between two familes; Kuje Amuwo Orofin’s family and Isheri –Oshun.
News Hub Mag! recalls that that multiple media reports confirmed that the attack was as a result of a misunderstanding between two families from Amuwo Odofin and Isheri –Oshun over land boundary.
Investigations revealed that over 50 hoodlums attacked members of Kuje Amuwo Orofin’s family on Thursday March 19, 2020. The members attacked were Monsuru Akande; Surveyor Bayo Benson (Whose security detail was also attacked and seriously wounded); Alhaji Akande’s Vehicles windscreen was broken and vandalised, his Techno LA 7 Phone was forcefully taken and confiscated by the hoodlums who are believed to be taking orders from Alado.
However, News Hub Mag! learnt that the attacked family members were invited to Whitesand on the pretext of a peace meeting on the disputed boundary, only for Alado’s boys to have allegedly unleashed mayhem on them.
Investigations by News Hub Mag! revealed that Alhaji Taoreed Farombi (Alado) was employed by the Fagbile Isheri-Oshun family as the agent to primarily sell their land for them. Further investigations however revealed that the Kuje Amuwo royal family and Fagbile Isheri-Oshun have always been on loggerhead over land boundary in the past
While it is highly incredulous that someone of Alado’s stature in the society would be linked to such highly untoward action, members of the community and the aggrieved family names him as the prime sponsor of the mayhem.
In the words of the head of the Kuje Amuwo Royal family, Chief Ligali Suabu Hassan, “For some time now, we have been having issues with the Fagbile family in Isheri Oshun over boundary issues on our land but we have never experienced anything like what happened on Thursday.
“We have our surveyor and they have their surveyor too but they hired an agent to be selling the land for them.
“The two families met and agreed to invite a neutral surveyor, who has a vast knowledge of the boundaries of all the communities in Amuwo-Odofin, Isheri Oshun and other parts.
“Before the agreed date for the boundary resolution, we wrote a letter to the police at FESTAC division to give us policemen who would serve as witnesses.
“When our people got there, they saw policemen and soldiers around and they felt assured that there wouldn’t be any problem.”
“But to our surprise, there were hoodlums there too and before our people could think of what to do, the hoodlums descended on them and began to use different weapons on them, right in the presence of the policeman who accompanied our surveyor to the site.
“A member of the family who escaped death by the whiskers, Alhaji Monsuru Akande, said ‘despite the fact that I told them that I had come to buy land there, they kept attacking me with charms and machetes.
“There were over 50 hoodlums, soldiers and policemen around, who watched them unleash mayhem on us.
The police didn’t turn up
“We went there in two vehicles and were expecting the policemen whom we had earlier written letter to, to join us when the hoodlums approached our vehicles and ordered us to come down.
“I told the driver to wind up all the glasses in the vehicle but they showed us guns which were carefully tucked under their shirts. Others came out from where they were hiding and there was nothing we could do.
“I told the driver to escape but they caught up with us and descended on us. We ran into different directions but they still caught up with us.”
“To my surprise, the same policemen who were watching us from a distance still came to pick those of us who were injured, to Isheri Oshun police station, instead of taking us to the hospital. Policemen from Alagbon came to pick us from Isheri Oshun, to their command.
“It was when they saw the degree of injuries on Daniel and Debo, that they allowed them to be taken to the hospital. But first, they took them to FESTAC police station for medical report before they were taken to the hospital.
“Unfortunately, Debo died later that day while Daniel died on Saturday”.
Investigations by News Hub Mag! reveals that the bloodletting spree was monitored by Alhaji Taoreed Farounbi known as Alado; one Segun Akinde (A.k.a Segun Echo); Ayokunle Fakiyesi; Ikechukwu (a.ka Ik); a police officer Inspector, Nureni Agoro; Musiliu Idowu, Inspector Adewale Olopa from SARS among others.
Kuje Amuwo family calls on IGP for thorough investigation
Determined to get justice for those killed, Counsel to the Kuje Amuwo family, Bayo Omoniyi in a petition to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Mohammed, dated March 19, 2020 demanded an investigation to be carried out to know why there was no response from the Police in spite of previous report on the attack.
Part of the letter read: “Recall that we had recently cried out over the menace of armed bandit attacks, which had become a recurring decimal in the area and sought the deployment of armed personnel to ensure safety of lives and property in the area in respect of which your office has graciously approved the deployment of mobile policemen to secure the area”.
Some alleged principal actors in the attack were mentioned in the letter, with a call to the IGP to investigate their culpability.
Fagbile clan denies sponsoring the violence
But a member of the Fagbile clan who spoke to Crime Guard on the condition of anonymity, said his party did not have a hand in the attack.
Though he admitted there was supposed to be a meeting between both parties that day, he maintained that “we were preparing to come when we heard that some hoodlums were attacking some persons there. Perhaps we were their targets”.
Police confirms incident, begins investigation
Meanwhile, Lagos State Police Command said it had begun investigation into the attack with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.
Already, two persons, according to the command spokesman, DSP Elkana Bala, had been arrested in connection with the attack.
He said, “There was an attack on some people but the police at FESTAC division was only contacted when there was an issue and they quickly deployed officers to the scene.
“Two injured persons were rescued and were rushed to the hospital by the police. One of them died that day and the other died later. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the attack and investigations are ongoing.
“Two persons, whose names the police in Lagos would not disclose yet, are being detained at the Homicide section of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (SCIID), Yaba, over the murder of two persons in a land dispute between two families in Amuwo-Odofin and Isheri Oshun communities in the state.
“The slain men, Oluwoyo Debo and Daniel Chibuzor, were hacked to death penultimate Friday by some thugs allegedly contracted by some unknown persons during a peace meeting said to have been called to settle the dispute. It was gathered that five other persons sustained injuries during the meeting. SCIID detectives were understood to have begun a manhunt for other fleeing members of the gang of hoodlums that invaded the venue of the meeting.”
Elkana further clarified that policemen at the FESTAC Town Division responded to a distress call that hoodlums were invading the venue of a peace meeting. “The Division quickly deployed officers to the scene. The officers rescued two injured persons, who they rushed to the hospital. One of them died that day and the other died later.
“Two persons have been arrested in connection with the attack and investigations are ongoing,” he said.