2 Women, Baby Shot Dead In Mushin Gang War

Kazeem Ugbodaga

The gang war in Mushin area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria has escalated as suspected cultists invaded a street in the area and shot dead a woman bread seller and another woman with a baby on her back.

Incessant gun shots were heard at Showunmi Street off Isolo Road around 9:45 p.m. on Monday and residents ran in all directions to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

It was gathered that a bread seller at Showunmi middle junction, opposite Ewenla Street was shot in the forehead and fell into a gutter and died immediately.

Mrs Ayoka Muinat Banire, one of the women shot dead and her dead baby, Aisha

The most painful of them was a woman carrying a baby on her back that was shot dead by the irate cultists.

P.M.NEWS investigation revealed that a woman, identified as Mrs Ayoka Muinat Banire, the daughter of a landlord at 20, Showunmi Street, was shot dead with her four month old baby, Aisha.

She had gone to buy moimoin at Ewenla Street that night when the shooting began.

Her baby was shot in the head while still strapped to her back.

An eye witness from the Society for Youth Renaissance and Empowerment, SYRE, in Mushin said it was the woman’s mother who took the dead baby to the Olosan Police Post to report the matter before the police latter arrived the scene after the cultists had fled.

The corpses were deposited at the mortuary by the police as the police patrolled the area that night but could not arrest anybody.

P.M.NEWS gathered that residents on Showunmi Street are now living in fear as they do not know when the cultists will strike again, while the street is now deserted at night.

Efforts to get the police to comment on the incident proved abortive as several calls to Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ngozi Braide did not go through.

Several people have been killed in the last few years in Mushin and Fadeyi area as cultists and political thugs clash over control of the turf  area.

In September, 2013, the Lagos State Police Command arrested a 32-year-old man, Adigun Muda, in connection with some murders in the Mushin and Fadeyi areas of the state.

According to police authorities, the suspect, who is also an alleged leader of Black Axe cult, has been linked to the killings of over 10 youths between 2010 and 2013. The police added that the suspect had, in the past, been declared wanted by the police, charged with murder and was remanded at Ikoyi Prison for over a year.

Last week, the Lagos State Security Council met under the chairmanship of Governor Babatunde Fashola with a warning that all those who engage in gang wars should desist henceforth or face the full wrath of the law.

State Police Commissioner, Mr Umaru Manko, said security agencies would henceforth go after the perpetrators.

He said the security agencies would not only go after the boys that are involved in the gang wars but even their sponsors, stressing that this is a warning for them in areas like Mushin, Bariga, Shomolu and all the involved communities.

The threat by the Lagos Police boss seems to have fallen on deaf ears as the gangs keep killing innocent people.

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  • I think the Nigeria Police should have a forensic department that could determine what kind of weapon or gun that shot the bullets that killed the lady and her 4-month old baby. Then the gun could be traced to where it was acquired. Believe it or not, some police men rent out their guns to these miscreants for paltry sum. Ayoka Muinat Banire lived behind my house in Mushin and I had eye contact with her on the fateful afternoon, when she was complaining that her 4-month old baby could cry all she wanted, cos she was fed up of her incessant cries. I left for the office about 2.30pm and was still at my desk at 10.pm when my 10-year old son called me on phone to say gun shots had been heard in my neighbourhood and that he thought someone had been killed, as there was so much wailing in the area. By the time I drove down and passed through Showunmi and Daniel streets to get to my house, the whole area was deathly quiet and no power supply .... I had to wait sometime before a vigilante man came to open the gate to my street. May God bless their souls

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  • I think is the right time to stop this gang war shit. This happend in my area cos I live in showunmi street mushin. I just hope the police will do there assiment write nd not begin to pick the innocent pple. Gov babatunde fashola shld pls warn the police to do dere job clean nd right.

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  • The Government and Governor of Lagos St have provided the much needed tools required by the law enforcement agents in order to perform their duties effectively, now it's up to them to live up to that responsibilities. Fashola is not at every Spot to make arrests like police Corporal.

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  • Policemen are only active in forcefully collecting money from okada riders and snactching okada at the gun point but leaving the criminals to move freely to kill an innocent citizen. Well God is watching everything. May He grant the dead one with eternal rest and comfort the families and friends they left behind.

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  • Pls why are the Nigerian Police Force telling lies, this boy Muda Adigun is back on the street of onipanu Fadeyi and its environment, and he his still causing all sort of atrocities, pls Police should stop telling lies

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  • The Police seem to be helpless! Why is it that they are never proactive. It is when someone has been killed that you start hearing something like 'from henceforth, we shall go after them..." Why not put measures in place to forestall these acts. Also, as long as those caught are not made to suffer for their crime, the nonsense will continue. Again, where did they get their guns from?

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