whiskers and has bullet wounds to show for it.
A police source said the Inspector
of Police is attached to B.OPs, Patrol and Guard at the Lagos State
Police command, Ikeja and has been working with Chief Obianodo for two
years, as a guard. The source who described the action of the Inspector as ‘the only saving grace ‘ said as soon as the bandits blocked Chief’s car with theirs, they came out firing towards the two cars in the convoy.
According to him, “That exclamation from the chief moved the police
Inspector and he quickly used his body to act as a protective shield
against that of Chief Obianodo.
The source said Ogbueshi took that risk because he could not think of allowing the transporter
to be killed like a chicken. That was why he covered the chief who had
already collapsed on the steering after he was hit by bullets, and
subsequently the Inspector engaged the hoodlums in serious exchange of
fire. After sometime, he pretended as if he was dead and just laid on
top of the chief.
“At that stage, one of the attackers came out from their vehicle and
approached that of chief with a view to finishing what they started, not
knowing that the Inspector was closing in on him. As soon as he
approached their car, the gallant Inspector released several shots into
his large frame and he laid dead, clutching his AK 49 fully loaded gun.
His gang members however, tried to sustain the firing and at that stage, the Inspector
devised a new strategy. He tried to quickly slip out of the car, aim at
their driver and demobilize their vehicle. Unfortunately, as he was
discreetly stepping out of the car, his legs slipped and he fell into a
“The ditch is so deep that it swallowed both the Inspector and his gun.
While inside the ditch, he was still making frantic efforts to
accomplish his mission while the attackers concentrated on firing at
both the Chief’s car and his back up pick up security van occupied by
two other policemen and Chief’s driver. Unfortunately, they succeeded in
killing the police constable in the backup car and the driver before the Inspector
managed and raised himself from the ditch and also released another
round of bullets into their vehicle thereby shattering the back
That was when the attackers quickly jumped into their car and sped off.
It is believed that some of them must have been badly injured after the
exchange of fire and could not have gone far if the chief’s security
aids had received back up from the police.
“The Police from Festac division only approached the scene of the shooting after they saw the Inspector
in uniform coming out from the ditch. They were then showed two of the
attackers who were gunned down with their heavily loaded weapons. Six
loaded magazines were seen inside the bag of the first dead suspect.
“Interestingly, while policemen were still going through the contents of
his bag, his phone started ringing stridently. It was also recovered by
the police. The brave Inspector
who has served the force in different states of the federation for over
32 years is from Udenu L.G.A in Enugu State and is married with two
children. Luckily, he had only a sprain on the leg after the deadly
Investigations carried out by Crime Alert revealed that the first attacker that was gunned down is a popular auto dealer
at Amuwo odofin area of Lagos State and is reputed to be seen
frequently in police circles in the area. A source that refused to be
named said also that the motive for trying to assassinate Chief Obianodo
may not be far from recent clash between a popular night club owner in
the area and the Police in Festac.
The transport magnate was reportedly said to have intervened on behalf
of the young Club owner making it impossible for him to be intimidated
or run out of his business. This, the source continued, may not have
gone well with some people, hence the attempt on his life.
Close associates of the wounded Chief intimated Crime Alert that he was
flown out of the country last Monday in an air ambulance to USA. The
Chief was reported to have asked his aids after he recovered from the
shock in a private hospital in Apapa, “why did they want to kill a man
like me that is feeding not less than 10,000.00 Nigerians? Would they be
able to feed all these people?” The associates also disclosed that a
top Oba in Lagos State presently holidaying in London, played positive
role in flying Chief Obianodo out of the country for better medical
attention. Source Vanguard