Hausas Flee Ikorodu As Community Vows To Avenge Death Of Yoruba Man Killed By Them

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From Punch
There has been tension in Lara, Igbe community, in the
Ikorodu area of Lagos State after some Hausa thugs allegedly slaughtered a
33-year-old resident, Shola Olaide, during an argument.
It was learnt that after the killing, which occurred at
about 8pm last Sunday, angry youths went on the rampage threatening to kill all
northerners in the area, which made Hausa to flee the community.
Our correspondent gathered that Olaide, who was a meat
seller, had gone to a shop owned by a Hausa man in company with a friend,
identified simply as Biggy, to buy an item.

It was learnt that Olaide, an indigene of Igboora, Oyo
State, had met some Hausa men standing at the entrance of the shop, and
reportedly asked them to give way.
An argument was said to have ensued between them during
which the trader and his friends allegedly dragged Olaide to the back of the
shop, and slaughtered him.
The landlord of the house along with other residents were
said to have rushed Olaide to a hospital in the area where he later died.
Punch Metro learnt that angry youths immediately started
going round shops and houses where northerners were staying, threatening to
avenge Olaide’s death.
The Hausa people living in the area were said to have fled
the community that night and the following morning.
It was learnt that the matter was reported at the Area N
Command, Ijede, while policemen had deposited the corpse in a mortuary.
When our correspondent visited the area on Wednesday, it was
noted that some sheds used by Hausa traders had been razed.
On Alagemo Street where the deceased lived, a neighbour, Mrs
Taiwo Akanda, said Olaide was planning to visit his sick parents in Oyo State
when he was killed.
She added that since Sunday, all the Hausa in the area had
fled as youths vowed to avenge Olaide’s death. She said the deceased was a
jovial man, and the Hausa assailants might have misinterpreted him.
She said, “Brother Shola (Olaide) was a meat seller, and he
was a very jovial man. On that Sunday, he left house at about 7.30pm, and told
his wife that he was going to buy an item in Lara.
“When he got to the shop, some Hausa men were hanging around
the shop. So, he asked them to give way. They got angry, and there was an
argument, during which they dragged him away and murdered him.
“Initially, the residents that were around tried to save
him.But by the time they rushed him to a hospital, he had died. His wife sells
food, and theirs used to be a happy family. This is not the first time some
Hausa thugs will attack people in this place. That is why the residents are
angry with them on this incident.”
Another resident, identified only as Ogunleye, said the
government should look into the uncontrolled attacks by the Hausas in the area.
“We do not want them in this community if they cannot learn
to live in peace. Enough is enough. Now, they have thrown a happy family into
mourning. The man still has parents, who he had planned to visit,” he added.
The uncle of the deceased, identified only as Onimole, said
Olaide’s wife, Rasheedat, and their three children had been taken to a house in
Ikorodu.
He said, “The family is still young. The eldest of their
three children is in Junior Secondary School 1, and the family needs
assistance. Olaide’s death was a shock to the family.”
Our correspondent gathered that the police in Ijede had yet
to arrest any of the suspected killers.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth
Nwosu, confirmed the incident. He added that investigations were ongoing.
He said, “The matter was reported to the police by the
landlord, one Niniola.

“The victim was rushed to a hospital in the area where he
later died. Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing on the matter.”

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