When a 30-year-old civilian was allegedly shot and killed by soldiers on Sunday, October 23, there was a tangible sense of unease in Owode-Idi-Iroko, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Punch learned that shortly after the soldiers left the site, an enraged mob attacked and murdered an innocent Air Force officer in retaliation.
It was discovered that the military allegedly arrived in Badagry, Lagos, to search for contraband.
Later, they fatally shot Saheed Egusi, 30, in the head.
A businessman named Egusi is said to have been killed for defying the troops from beating his older brother.
The victim was shot to death while the soldiers were leaving the site, according to a resident who spoke under the condition of anonymity owing to the sensitive nature of the incident.
The eyewitness stated, “The soldiers said they were from Badagry. This is not their first time of coming here. We were surprised that soldiers would come to seize bags of rice instead of Customs men.
“They came and started beating people. The person that was killed was the younger brother of the person that was beaten; he wasn’t the owner of the goods; he was asking them to take it easy.
“So, as the soldiers were going, he also took his car and went his way. So, the leader of the soldiers told his guys to shoot Egusi, and the soldiers shot him in the forehead.
“His brother is in the hospital because he was injured.
“The boy that was killed, I am like a street brother to him; he was a good boy.”
Soon after the military had gone, things changed again when a mob spotted an Air Force officer driving down the road. He was allegedly stopped, dragged from the vehicle, and beaten to death.
State Police Public Relations Officer SP Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the event and said the command has started an inquiry.
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