Segun Ogbere, a 36-year-old man, the leader of Shaggy Boys Gang Has been killed.
There has been war between Shaggy Boys and Down Town Boys. They are both dreaded cultist normally recruited for trouble in Lagos Metropolis. They kill, maim and seize properties of any erring Citizen. They are often used by politicians or wealthy Lagosians to cause mayhem.
The former Illaje of Lagos is facing a murder case and Ogbere, who went by the pseudonym, according to Police sources, is the key witness in a murder case against a former leader of the Ilajes in the state.
According to Punch, it was said that Ogbere was trailed from the Ebute Meta Magistrate's court by Downtown Boys led by one Balogun, aka Small Jaypron, and hacked to death.
A police source said, "The former leader is facing a murder charge at the Ebute Meta Magistrate's court for the death of one James Areomiye, who was slain last year. Ogbere was our only witness in the case.
"We were told that as Ogbere was about leaving the court, he saw some Downtown Boys around the court so he sneaked out of the premises, entered a commercial tricycle and fled. The hoodlums saw him and chased him.
"Ogbere saw his friend driving a tipper so he alighted from the tricycle, entered the passenger seat of the tipper, thinking the thugs were no longer on his trail. However, the assailants soon caught up with him."
It was leant that around 3pm, Small Jaypron, in company with three others in a vehicle, crossed the tipper around Adeshina Street, off University Road, Abule Oja, and dragged Ogbere out of the vehicle.
that the hoodlums, who were wielding guns and knives, stabbed the deceased many times before fleeing.
"About four guys alighted from a red Volkswagen Gulf car and dragged the guy (Ogbere) out of the passenger seat and started stabbing the guy repeatedly and ripped out his intestines.
"Probably because this is a residential area and it's always quiet, the guys did not fire a shot so as not to attract the attention of men of the Rapid Response Squad who are stationed on University Road."
Our correspondent learnt that the incident caused a traffic snarl from University of Lagos gate down to Onike as loyalists of Shaggy were said to have protested his murder.
A landlady in the area, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the case, said policemen attached to Sabo Police Division did not respond to the distress call until an hour after the incident.
She said,"After the killing, about five of Shaggy's boys, who were wielding guns, stormed the scene. As RRS men attempted to recover the corpse, the boys protested and beat up one Sergeant Innocent and vandalised the patrol vehicle.
"When we saw that the police were being overwhelmed, we alerted the Divisional Police Officer, Sabo, SP Anthony Aruna, but his men did not arrive until an hour later. It was members of the Odua Peoples Congress that were able to subdue them and arrest one of them."
Meanwhile,our correspondent, learnt that Shaggy's boys have threatened to carry out reprisals for their leader's murder
Our correspondent, who visited Ilaje, Bariga area, on Wednesday, observed six police patrol vehicles in the
A senior police officer attached to Bariga Police Division, said, "We are here to ensure that the area remains peaceful. Ilaje is Shaggy's stronghold and we want to forestall any reprisal."
Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, told our correspondent that the police had commenced investigations into the murder.