In the early hours of yesterday, gunmen stormed into the Igbogbo community of Ikorodu, Lagos, and shot dead six members of same family.
The victims were identified as Mr Celestine Nwokoye, a taxi driver at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, his wife, his three-year old son, his eight-month old baby boy and two daughters.
Reports say that the gunmen announced their presence with sporadic gun shots. As some made straight for the apartment occupied by the Nwokoye family, others stood outside, waiting for any intruder.
One resident, John Udah said the Nwokoye family were shot one after another at their residence. According to Udah, “it happened in the early hours. We heard gunshots but nobody knew what was happening and nobody could come out at that unholy hour. While the gun shots sounded, we all concluded they were robbers.”
“I even brought out the only N3,500 I had at home, placed it on the table with the intention of giving it to them if they break into our apartment. I told my wife and children to hide and never come out should the thieves enter our apartment.”
“It was after we were sure that they had gone that some people went out, only to find Celestine and every member of his family on the ground.”
The man and his sons died on the spot but his wife and two daughters were still breathing when they were found. They were rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital where they were later confirmed dead.
Spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmus, has confirmed the incident.
She said: “There was a report that one Celestine Nwokoye attached to the taxi park at the Lagos airport and all members of his family were found in pools of their own blood. The command is working assiduously to unravel the occurrence. We have a lead we are working on and we are optimistic that there will be a breakthrough.”