Another victim of dear-devil robbers dies in Lagos

Late Salis on hospital bed at LASUTH before he died on Saturday.

Late Salis on hospital bed at LASUTH before he died on Saturday.

The last may not have been heard of dear-devil armed-robbers, camouflaging in military uniform, terrorising Lagosians in the last one month, as another victim shot at Majidun near Ikorodu in February, died on Saturday.

Alhaji Aminu Salis, an engineer, died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), following fatal gunshots from the ”army uniform wearing” robbers on Feb 18.

Four other victims have earlier reported dead from the same attack at Magidun.

The shooting-spree-incident occurred between 9.15pm and 9.45pm on that fateful day and typified of another similar occurrence last Thursday, where three policemen and a fish-hawking girl were killed in a bank robbery on Admiralty way, Lekki in Lagos State.

On Feb. 18, Late Salis was returning home from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), accompanied by his wife, Toyin, when he came under robbery attack along with other motorists.

He was rushed to LASUTH, where doctors have been battling to safe his life until Saturday when he breadth last.

His remains were interred on Saturday at Agility Cemetery, Agility, Mile 12 according to Islamic rights.

A correspondent of The Renaissance reports that there was massive crowd at the Janazah (Funeral) of the late engineer.

Some closed friends of late Salis, who visited him on Saturday at the hospital, expressed shock and disbelief on receiving news of his eventual death.

Prof Fatimah AbdulKareem, the Head of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology Department in the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lagos, who delivered the Inaugural Lecture, attended by late Salis, was seen shedding tears.

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Alhaji Mumuni Alao, the Managing Director of the Complete Communications, publishers of Complete Sports, said that he was with the deceased up till 5:00 pm on the day he died.

Alhaji Alao, who is also the Secretary-General of The Companion, an Association of Muslim Men in Business and Profession, said the deceased was full of life when he visited him.

”During my 45 minutes with him at the hospital, late Salis had shown great sign of improvement.
”The news of his death few hours, after the hospital, was shocking,” Alao said.

“It is a sad thing that he was shot for no just cause, up till now, nothing is heard from the security agents. Now, Alhaji Aminu has gone leaving behind his wife, children, family and friends and the supposed officers who shot him are walking free on the streets. This is pathetic,” he said.

Other notable friends and associates, who had paid condolence visit to family of the deceased were Sheikh Nojeem Jimoh, the Amir (President) of The Companion, Latest District and Alhaji Thabit Wale Sonaike, The Companion Deputy National Amir among others.

They all paid glowing tributes to late Sales and pray that Allah Ta’ala grants him Aljannah Firdaus.

Linkage of Feb. 18 robbery with Lakki bank robbery.

Meanwhile, concerned citizens have expressed worry over the spate of robbery incidences in parts of Lagos, which appear to have similar mode of operations.

The Renaissance recalls that the armed robbers, who attacked a second generation bank, on the Admiralty way on Thursday, were said to have came through a speed boat from the direction of Ikorodu.

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The 13 dear-devil hoodlums were also said to be dressed in army uniform and operated in a commando-like manner.

But there were indications on Sunday that the Military authorities in Lagos might have started thorough investigation into the as the two recent deadly robbery attacks were reported to have been carried out by gunmen in army uniforms.

Our reporter gathered that on Saturday, two soldiers in uniform and another man in mufti were at the LASUTH General, Ikeja, Lagos to see Salis, before he died.

Family source, said that late Walls had hinted that the Police, at the scene of the robbery, had said that the gunmen were sharpshooters and that the spent bullets found in his (late Salis’s) car belong to the military.

”We are in a modern world whereby when you see a bullet, you know where to trace it to. Let the GOC do that; that will aid their investigation.

”The GOC, has directed his men to get first hand information on the incident.

”I told them how it happened and they promised to get to the root of the matter,” the source quoted late Sales as saying before he died on Saturday.

But in a quick reaction, Maj.Gen. Tanmi Dibi, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, said refuted the claim that the gunmen were soldiers.

”There is no way such thing would happen and I will not know. Moreso, I have inquired and they told me none of our men was involved in that act,” the GOC said.

Also, the Lagos State Police Spokesman, Deputy Superintendent Kenneth Nwosu, said that no arrest had been made.

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He said the police authority would do all it could to unveil the gunmen.

Nwosu also hinted that the case has been transferred to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

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