Residents flee as gunmen kill four in Banku
Residents of Banku community in Obafemi Owode Local Council of Ogun State have been relocating in droves pending when sanity would return to the area, as the community has lately become a battlefield for security officials and pipeline vandals.
Due to the heightened security situation in the area, which has made pipeline vandalism a delicate venture, the suspected pipeline vandals have now turned to kidnapping residents for ransom as a pastime.
It would be recalled that on May 28, 2016, the pipeline vandals stormed the community around 1:10a.m. and kidnapped a notable chief and intending Baale of the community, Ojelade Oloriefe, while his relative, Bashorun Omolegbe, was attacked and severely injured. Oloriefe was later released nearly a week after, after a N5 million was paid by the family.
Last week Thursday at about 9p.m., the fragile peace in the community was again shattered when the sound of continuous gunshots rented the air. About 25 heavily armed vandals invaded the community, brandishing dangerous weapon like AK47, pistols and cutlasses.
It was gathered that the gunmen came for the second time to kidnap Bashorun Omolegbe, but when they did not meet him, the gang leader ordered the invaders to open fire on residents. According to an eyewitness, no fewer than five people were killed in the attack, though policemen from the Wawa Police station claimed four bodies were recovered from the scene of the incident.
The deceased were identified as Lekan Nojeem (24), Emeka Chiasung (28), Alfa Daniel (36) and Saheed Olanure (21) while others were said to have sustained serious injuries and are being treated at an undisclosed hospital.
One of the residents said the police response to their plight has been commendable but they are not equipped to face the vandals, as their weapons cannot match that of the vandals. He added that the gunmen came into the community through the boundary leading to Ishawo, Moba and Mowe.