Anger as hoodlums rob, kill cyclist on Lagos road..
Lagos residents commuting along the Shodex area in Anthony, Ikorodu Road have decried persistent robberies by hoodlums despite police checkpoints within the neighbourhood.
The commuters expressed worries over the violent attacks following the death of a cyclist, Afolabi Mabogunje, stabbed by robbers at the black spot recently.
There are about three checkpoints in the area. Policemen are usually stationed at the Town Planning Bus Stop along Ikorodu Road and under the bridge close to Shodex Gardens. Another team monitors the flyover at Anthony, linking Oshodi-Oworonshoki Expressway to the Shodex area.
City Round learnt that Mabogunje, well known as Mabogs, was waiting for his co-cyclists in the early hours of Thursday, September 9, when the assailants descended on him.
They reportedly stabbed him in the neck, dispossessed him of his mobile phone and fled the scene, leaving him for dead.
One of his friends, Abidemi Solaja, who posted about the bloody attack on Facebook on Thursday, said Mabogunje died from the injury days later.
Solaja wrote, “He was a passionate cyclist who loved exercising by riding bicycle alongside other friends. On Thursday, September 9, in the morning, he was mugged and stabbed in the neck by robbers just because they wanted his cell phone. It was after stabbing him they demanded the phone which he would have graciously given them if hitherto, they asked first.
“This incident occurred at Shodex, Anthony (the cycling club meeting point) while he was waiting for other cyclist friends. He struggled on his bike to Gbagada hospital for urgent medical attention but attempts to stop the bleeding were unsuccessful as the jugular veins on both sides of the neck had been ruptured.”
Solaja explained that Mabogunje was immediately transferred to the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for a surgery.
“After the surgery, he was initially stable but later slipped into a coma and never came out of it until he gave up the ghost. Afolabi was a rare gem and a complete gentleman; may his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen,” he added.