How student, MTN staff were killed by vigilante

Tragedy struck in Abeokuta,
yesterday,  when men of the Vigilante Service of
Ogun State, VSO, reportedly  shot dead a
student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic,
Abeokuta, Moruf Raji, 29, and a staff of a
telecommunication company, MTN Nigeria,
Akeem Usman, 32, while chasing suspected
The incident occurred at Adigbe, at about 1.00
a.m when a team  of the vigilance service
allegedly ordered residents of 18A, Sorinola
Avenue, Oriyanrin, to open their gate for them to
arrest suspected robbers believed to be hiding
in the building.
An eye witness told Vanguard that some of the
residents who were mostly students refused to
open the gate, suspecting the vigilante men to
be robbers trying to play smart.
The witness further explained that Moruf and
Akeem  went out from their rooms and opened
the gate for them but one of the men of VSO
opened fire on the two men killing them
Vanguard gathered that men of the VSO still
went ahead to force their way into the
compound after shooting the two men and
ransacked the rooms, while the victims were
bleeding profusely.
It was further gathered that, the vigilantes used
their patrol vehicle to rush the victims to the
Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba Abeokuta where
they died following excessive loss of blood.
Vanguard learnt that, Moroof was a Business
Administration student of MAPOLY who was on
one-year Industrial attachment and Akeem who
was a staff of MTN that go married seven
months ago.
According to findings, Akeem worked in Lagos
but came to Abeokuta to attend a religious
programme scheduled for 10.00am on Sunday.
He was said to have resolved to sleep with a
family-friend because of the proximity of the
house to the venue of the programme.
His driver, Abayomi Awoyajo was also said to
have sustained injury after being battered by
the members of vigilance during the raid.
Narrating the incident  Abayomi said they were
all inside when at about 1.00am ,the vigilante
men came asking them to open the door.
“We all thought they were armed robbers, we
started running helter-skelter, some of us hid in
the wardrobe, while some hid under the chairs,”
he said.
The 30 year old driver, also said the two victims
in pool of their blood crawled back into the
house,crying loud, while the vigilantes  forced
their way into the house to continue dealing
with all of them in a brutal matter.
“They even asked for brother Akeem’s car key
which I gave to them, but, could not be taken
out because of the security device installed in it,
we were later rushed to the hospital” he
However, as  at the time of filing this report, all
the members of the vigilante service that were
involved in the act  have been arrested by the
police from Adigbe station.
The case was said to have been transferred to
Eleweran Police Headquarters, Abeokuta but the
Police Public Relations Officer in the State,
Muyiwa Adejobi could not be reached as at the
time of filing this report.


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