Gunmen have stormed the residence of an escapee passenger of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack, killing his intimate friend in Lagos.
This ugly incident occurred barely two months after armed men in similar operation, killed his younger sister in Abuja residence.
The brutal murder of the victim identified as Mr. Precious Dayo, 34, occurred on July 1, about 11pm in Valley View Estate in Lagos where the escapee passenger is said to had relocated after the Abuja incident.
A source revealed that the escapee passenger Mike Musa Joseph a programmer and software developer whose whereabouts remain unknown at press time today, had gone to a church with his friend’s sister, Queen, for a vigil when the armed men struck.
It was learnt that the deceased rented the apartment and offered his fleeing friend Mike Musa Joseph, temporary accommodation because they are members of Mountain of Fire Ministry, MFM.
Mr. Precious Dayo, a civil servant said to be alone in the house when the assailants arrived was fired point blank for failure to instantly produce his guest, Mike Musa Joseph, their target.
The deceased sister, Queen Dayo who confided in our reporter stated that Mike Musa has been facing serious life-threatening security challenges since he escaped from his captors.
“The my late brother, Precious is innocent, I believe they came for Mike not my brother, unfortunately he was the alone in the house. I have been advising Mike to relocate and run very far away since the day he narrated his ordeal to us and how he hit a gun on a bandit head to facilitate his escape from their den in the bush.
“In fact, I became extremely disturbed about his safety in Lagos when he said he abandoned his laptop, identity card and other belongings during his escape, with his data, I know the bandits must hunt him.
“No oh! I didn’t advise him to go to police because like he told me I also don’t trust our security operatives. Have you not seen or heard of how some Nigeria security personnel connive with criminals to unleash violence on unsuspecting Nigerians?
“Journalist, you know better, some of our law enforcement officers compromise their statutory duties when money or pecuniary gains are mentioned”, she explained.
The bereaved Queen Dayo who was visibly heartbroken, wept that since the gruesome murder of her brother, Precious, no police personnel have visited the crime scene even when distress calls were made to them.
Our correspondent investigation revealed that the deceased corpse was eventually evacuated to a nearby morgue by some locals who were mobilised by the leadership of MFM.
Contacted, the spokesman, Lagos police Command SP Benjamin Hundeyin said the police in Lagos state would not leave any stone unturned towards ensuring that perpetrators of such heinous crime are made to face the full wrath of the law.
SP Hundeyin appealed to residents to always report to law enforcement agencies any suspicious movements of persons and goods in their neighbourhood.
Recall that the escapee passenger, Mike Musa Joseph missed death by the whiskers when armed men similarly invaded his Abuja residence killing his sister identified as Monica Musa Joseph for failure to disclose his location to them.
It was gathered that the deadly attack happened in Winners Way, Dawaki neighbourhood of Abuja about 9pm on May 16, 2022.
A source revealed that the terrified Monica informed the gun wielding invaders that her brother, Mike Musa Joseph travelled to Benin City when they sought to see him on forcibly entering the apartment.
Apparently disappointed and angered by her response, the hoodlums opened fire on her and left the apartment.
It will be recalled that bandits had on Monday, March 28, 2022 reportedly bombed a train from Abuja in Kateri Rijana area of Kaduna state killing several passengers while many others were abducted.
About six months after, the federal government announced it secured the release of some of the captives in batches after allegedly paying over N6 billion as ransom.
The deadly attack, however, forced the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, to temporarily suspend operations as President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a discreet probe.