By Rebecca Ejifoma
For reasons yet to be ascertained, some unidentified cultists at the weekend, shot and butchered a young man identified as Lekan Eje, at Olufiditi area of Alaba-Oro, Ojo Road, Lagos State.
The deceased was left in a pool of his blood in front of a confectionery shop, where some hoodlums sit out to smoke daily.
When THISDAY visited the scene, the deceased had a bullet wound and very deep machete cuts behind his neck and face.
Although he was later rushed to Joe MC, which was the nearest hospital on Alaba road, Eje died few minutes later from the severity of the wounds he sustained.
According to an eyewitness account, when the cultists first stormed the street at about 7.20pm, they had released some gunshots, which scared away the residents as intended, before they zeroed in on Eje.
It was gathered that one of the gang members, shielding his face with a hood, had approached Eje and held him by the collar, shouting that he was the one they wanted.
When some of the street urchins attempted to mediate, another gang member walked up and shot in the air, thus scattering the crowd.
Some minutes later, when the gang had left, the residents came out from their hiding places and found Eje lying almost lifelessly on the ground.
Speaking on account of anonymity, one of the residents who found his body said, “When everywhere was calm again, we all thought they had taken the guy with them.
“But as I was going back to the shop, I saw a body and with the help of the torch on my phone touch, I saw the whitish substance in his neck with so much blood.
“I called for help and he was miraculously alive. He was rushed to the nearest hospital, which is just three minutes away from the scene.
“At the hospital, Eje who is married with a son, struggled for his life but passed on minutes later. His wife has been devastated. “
THISDAY also gathered that the police stormed the street afterwards to raid some possible suspects, even as the deceased was taken to Amukoko graveyard for burial.