Some unidentified gunmen has reportedly shot and killed an entire family of six in their residential area, at the Igbogbo Community in Ikorodu, Lagos state.
According to report from our correspondent, the victims: identified as Celestine Nwokoye, a taxi driver at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, his wife, his two sons and two daughters, were murdered one after the other on Thursday, September 30, inside their home in a church premises.
Neighbors who heard the gun shots at earliest hour of the said day, narrated the story. A neighbor, John Udah, confirmed the incident and he said:
“Nwokoye family members were shot one after the other by gunmen in their residence inside a church premises.
“It happened in the early hours of yesterday (Thursday). We heard gun-shots, but nobody knew what was happening and nobody could come out at that unholy hour.
“It was after the killers had gone that we knew the enormity of what had happened. We rushed to the house, but by the time we got there, the father and the two children were already dead.
“The mother and the fifth person were still breathing, when we got there, we rushed them to the Ikorodu General Hospital where they were confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.
In his opinion, Mr. Udah said the crime was not a act of armed robbery, ‘I think they were assassinated,’ he said.
Police investigation is yet to unveil the motive behind the murder incident. However, the spokesperson of the State Police Command, Dolapo Badmos, also confirmed the incident and she said the police have a credible lead on the crime.
Badmos said the police arrived at the scene of the tragedy, but are working vigorously to caught the culprits.
“There was a report that one Celestine Nwokoye and members of his family were found dead in the pool of their own blood.
“Celestine and his two male children, three and eight months old respectively have been confirmed dead, while the mother and the two daughters, who were seriously injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment.”
She is optimistic that the police will unmask those behind the dastardly act with few pointers to the case. She said:
“We have some leads we are working on. We are optimistic of breaking through.”