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Monday 6 March 2023

Soldiers hired by political thugs kill a 15-year-old boy and a Keke operator in Lagos (Photo)

Pelumi Sulaimon, 15, was killed by soldiers allegedly hired by political thugs.

According to Punch, soldiers from Operation MESA allegedly shot him dead near Makoko in the Yaba district of Lagos State.

According to reports, the soldiers were hired by political thugs to exact revenge on their opponents in the community on Sunday, February 26.

PUNCH According to Metro, when the soldiers arrived in the community, they began shooting indiscriminately, and a stray bullet struck Pelumi, who was on his way to buy drinks for his friends to celebrate his birthday.

The soldiers, led by a political thug known only as Nuru, were also said to have gunned down a tricycle operator known only as They mistook Aloma for one of their targets.

According to Pelumi's relative, Musbau Ayinde, the events that led to Pelumi's death were the result of a clash caused by political rivalry in the community.

"On Thursday night, there was a clash between members of two political parties at a base near the Makoko roundabout," he said. The fight was eventually resolved thanks to the intervention of some local residents.

"After that, there was another clash between them during the election on Saturday, but that did not result in a fight, and we all thought it had ended there until Sunday, when a thug from one of the political parties brought soldiers and stormed the polling station."the base where the last clash occurred." When they arrived, they did not meet their objectives, so the soldiers attached to OP MESA began shooting indiscriminately, and one of the bullets struck Pelumi in the ribs. Aloma, a tricycle rider, was also killed.

"He was about getting passengers at the park when he heard the gunshots and fled. However, they mistook him for one of their targets and shot him as a result. Even after he collapsed, they got out of their van, approached him, and shot him in the head again."

Afeez, Pelumi's elder brother, stated that he was with his friends when a resident called.
He was informed by the soldiers that his brother had been shot.

"I was with my friends when the soldiers arrived in the area in a van with the inscription OP MESA on it and a covered number plate," he explained. It was around 3 p.m. at the time. They entered the Sabo area in a van with four soldiers hanging from the back.

"Shortly after, someone came to tell me that our last child had been shot. I dashed down to the location and saw my immediate younger sister struggling to lift him (Pelumi) off the ground. That's when some residents banded together to transport him to a hospital in Oko Agbon.

"When we arrived, they referred us to another hospital on Harvey Road. He died there. Before releasing the corpse, the hospital requested that we obtain a police report. So it was Adekunle policemen who took the corpse from the hospital and deposited it in the mortuary."

Pelumi had just turned 15 years old on the day he was shot, according to Afeez, and had gone out to buy drinks to celebrate with his friends when the incident happened.
“The people we met at the spot where he was shot said a political thug known as Nuru was sighted in the van of the military officers. And they left the community through Iwaya Road after carrying out the operation,” he added.
Our correspondent gathered that Pelumi and Aloma were buried on Wednesday.
 The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.
“The case is at the State Criminal Investigation Department. No suspect has been arrested yet and investigation is still ongoing,” he said.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Olabisi Ayeni, could not be reached for comment.
He had yet to reply to a text message sent to his mobile number as of the time this report was filed.

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