BY MAYOWA SAMUEL
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of seven suspects in connection with the murder of Toyin Adeniji, an aide of a People’s Democratic Party chieftain, Dapo Sarumi.
Adeniji, 47, was reportedly shot dead at close range by suspected cultists in Agege on Monday, in front of his house at Oyewole Road, during an invasion of the area by the gunmen.
Seven other persons, who were outside of the PDP chieftain’s house in Agege narrowly escaped death as the gunmen shot sporadically.
Policemen from Area ‘G’’ Ogba have cordoned off the area while the case has been transferred to the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
Eye witnesses said that the late Adeniji and some of his friends were discussing in front of Sarumi’s residence at Oyewole Road, Agege, when the gunmen invaded the area and shot him at a close range.
An eyewitness said he suspected that some members of the community took part in the killing.
The eye witness said; “The incident actually started in the evening, when one of the political thugs in the area, who is a notorious cultist and some of his boys invaded Oyewole Road and started shooting.
“Brother Toyin went to the Computer Village to buy phone in the morning and later he went to the mechanic workshop to repair his vehicle. He just returned from the mechanic workshop, when the gunmen came again,” he narrated.
The eyewitness added that; “When the came ,they started shooting and went down the road. When they were coming back, they stopped at where Brother Toyin and others were sitting.
“Four of the people ,who were with Brother Toyin escaped. The hoodlums caught the other four and started harrasing them. Three others escaped, leaving only Brother Toyin.”
He also said, “They slapped him (the deceased) repeatedly before they shot him. I heard one of the gunmen asking others not to waste the bullet, saying that they still have other things to do with the bullet.”
Confirming the killing, spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed that an investigation had commenced into the crime.
“I want to confirm that one Toyin Adeniji was shot at Agege.
“We arrested seven suspects closely tied to the crime and investigation is ongoing,” he said.