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Residents of Banku Estate, Wawa, in the
Obafemi Owode Local Government Area,
Ogun State, have deserted the community
after suspected militants killed no fewer
than five residents and injured three others.
It was learnt that the gunmen had invaded
the community around 9pm on Wednesday
in search of a community leader, identified
only as Bashorun.
When they did not meet Bashorun, the gang
leader was said to have ordered them to
open fire on everyone in the area.
Workers in a block-moulding factory and
other residents were said to have been shot
dead, as the assailants moved from house
Although residents claimed that no fewer
than five people were killed, the police said
four corpses were recovered from the scene
of the incident.
The deceased were identified as Saheed
Olanure (21), Alfa Daniel (36), Lekan
Nojeemu (24), and Emeka Chiasung (28).
Three others were said to have sustained
gunshot injuries and were rushed to a
When Gistnation Media visited the area on
Thursday, it was observed that the road to
the community was deserted, while most
houses and shops were locked.
A few families were seen packing their
A resident, who did not identify himself for
security reason, said the gunmen entered
the community under the cover of darkness.
He said, “They came in through a swamp
and left through the same way. I was in the
toilet when they came. I just heard
gunshots and the sound of people running.
“They entered the house beside ours. They
were saying, ‘Kill everybody,’ ‘Anybody that
comes outside, kill’. People ran inside and
shut themselves in.
“They started knocking on doors. They were
shouting at a man to come outside, but he
refused. The next thing I heard was a
gunshot and a scream. They went to more
“They started the operation around 9pm
and finished around 9.44pm. More than five
people were killed, and they didn’t take any
money. We picked some corpses from the
bush. We later picked one inside a house.
We found the dead workers as well. Three
people were injured.”
He added that some of the corpses were
taken away by the victims’ families.
The resident said the workers, who were
killed, came from Lagos and Ijebu-Ode,
Ogun State, adding that they always slept
in the factory.
Another resident explained that the gunmen
came for a community leader, Bashorun,
saying the target had visited the area three
days earlier to repair his building that was
damaged during an earlier attack.
He said, “Four months ago, some hoodlums
invaded the community. They claimed to be
The police intervened and some
of them were arrested. Because of that
incident, the leadership erected a security
gate at the entrance into the community.
“But three weeks ago, they came again.
They abducted Bashorun’s brother. They
attempted to get him as well, but they
couldn’t because his house was fortified.
They, however, shot and injured him.
“Three days ago, the man came to the
community to repair his building that was
damaged during that attack. An informant
working for the hoodlums probably informed
them that he was around and that was why
they came yesterday night (Wednesday).
“When they didn’t find him, they decided to
vent their aggression on people within the
Gistnation Media learnt that policemen from
the Warewa Police Post, who were joined
by cops from surrounding divisions, got an
alert shortly after the hoodlums left.
A police source said the entrance into the
community was blocked with cars parked
by frightened residents.
The source said, “The patrol vans could not
access the community because many cars
were parked at the gate by people who
were too scared to go in.
“The police team had to trek for about
three kilometres before they could get to
the area. When they got there, they could
not locate the scene on time because there
was confusion among the residents.
“When the police got there, they found only
one injured person, who was taken to a
hospital. But four corpses were later found
at different spots on Thursday.”
The source said the killings were not
unconnected with a dispute over land
between Bashorun’s gang and a rival
A landlord said she was leaving the
community till sanity was restored.
She said, “Help us beg the government to
do something about our case. We are
helpless. Most landlords and tenants have
started leaving. For the past five years that
I have been here, it has been peaceful until
now. The gunmen killed one of my tenants,
Saheed, and another man we call
The Ogun State Police Public Relations
Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the
incident, saying four people were killed.
He said, “There was an invasion of the area
through the waterways by suspected
The militants attacked and killed
four people and injured three others. The
state Commissioner of Police is trying to
work with the government, other
stakeholders and sister agencies. We are
making efforts to fortify security in that
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