Gunmen killed 20 year old student in lagoss

Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen have shot dead a 20-year-
old student, Sharafadeen Ajao, and injured two others in the
Oworonshoki area of Lagos.
Our correspondent learnt that Sharafadeen, who finished
from secondary school in 2014, was preparing to sit for this
year’s West African Senior Secondary Certificate
Examinations in May.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the gunmen, who were two
masked persons, came on a motorcycle to Odugbemi Street
at about 8.30pm on Monday, February 9, and shot
Sharafadeen dead.
The attackers also proceeded to L&K Street in the area and
injured two other persons who were said to be receiving
treatments in a private hospital.
Our correspondent learnt that Sharafadeen, who was also
learning fashion designing, was in his boss’ shop when the
gunmen shot him.
It was gathered that the lad was immediately rushed to the
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where he
later died.
Our correspondent learnt that Sharafadeen’s boss, who
arrived later to hear about the matter, reported the case to
the Oworonshoki Police Division.
When PUNCH Metro visited the area, a resident on
Odugbemi Street, Mr. Akin Shehu, said he suspected that the
gunmen came on a reprisal and mistook Sharafadeen for
one of their rivals.
He noted that the deceased was an easy-going person who
was only a victim of cult violence.
He said, “I was also relaxing in front of my shop on that
evening when the men rode by. When I heard the gunshots,
I thought it was the sound of a firecracker. Within two
minutes, they had left, and we rushed to the shop and met
Sharafadeen in a pool of blood.
“He was a devout muslim, and had just returned from the
8pm prayer when the assailants shot him. What happened
was that the gunmen might have come for one Segun, who
was an apprentist in the same shop.
“But when electioneering campaigns started, Segun left and
joined political thugs. They had been moving round Bariga
area to injure and kill one another. On that Monday
morning, Segun was spotted on this street with some old
friends. I think the gunmen came after him.”
Another resident, who begged for anonymity, told our
correspondent that ever since the unrest at the Iyanaoworo
campaign, political thugs and gunmen had been attacking
one another on some streets, urging the police to strengthen
security in the Oworonshoki area.
When our correspondent got to Francis Olatunji Street
where Sharafadeen lived, his elder brother, Mr. Abdulrazak
Ajao, said the family was shocked at Sharafadeen’s death
considering that he never took part in any cult or political
He said, “When we rushed him to the hospital, the doctors
said he stood no chance of survival because he had lost so
much blood. He was the last child of the family. We lost our
mother barely six months ago.
“He was learning fashion designing so that he would not be
bored. His main focus was to sit for the WASSCE in May. His
death is a shock to the whole family.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth
Nwosu, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were
making efforts to apprehend the attackers.
He said, “The family requested the boy’s corpse from the
police, and they have buried him according to Islamic rites.
Meanwhile, efforts are on to arrest the attackers.
Investigations are ongoing on the matter.


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