Contractor Killed By Robbers At Ojota Lagos

A gang of robbers on Sunday shot dead a 59-year-old contractor, Alhaji Yusuf Surajudeen, in his home located on Adebola Street in the Ogudu, Ojota area of Lagos State. Surajudeen’s 12-year-old daughter, Aisha, was also shot in the face during the operation which lasted for less than an hour.
On a visit to the deceased on Sunday morning, residents and relatives were seen consoling the wife and other children of the deceased.
The children of the deceased were too distraught to speak when approached for comments.
However, a member of the family, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the incident occurred around 3am.
She said, “Around 2.45am, about six guys came into the compound and tore the net. They then began breaking the steel bars across the window of the sitting room. When Alhaji (Yusuf) heard the noise, he grabbed the hand of the person and a struggle ensued.
“Probably, Alhaji (Yusuf) did not know that the robbers were armed. While the struggle was on, one of the robbers fired a shot and the bullet hit 12-year-old Aisha inside the house.
“The robbers then fired a second shot which hit Alhaji in the chest.”
It was learnt that after shooting the father of four, the robbers forced their way into the house and turned it inside out. The robbers were said to have dispossessed family members of their valuables before fleeing.
“They stole laptops and all the phones in the house. They also stole all the recharge cards which Alhaji’s wife sells. The robbers fled immediately after this; they did not rob other residents,” the relative said.
After the robbers had left, neighbours rushed Yusuf and his daughter to the Gbagada General Hospital where Yusuf was declared dead.
His daughter was, however, transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where doctors are battling to save her life.
It was learnt that the matter was reported at the Ogudu Police Division while the corpse had been released for burial.
The corpse of the deceased was later seen wrapped in a white cloth and conveyed into a vehicle. It was learnt that the deceased was later buried in Ogere, Ogun State according to Islamic rites.
Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said the wounded girl was responding to treatment.
She said,“When the robbers stormed the house, the man (Yusuf) engaged them in a struggle and he was shot twice. The daughter, who was trying to pull her father away, was slightly hit by the bullet which deflected off her father.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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