Young Doctor murdered in Lagos traffic

A gunman operating
on a motorcycle on
Friday shot and killed
a 27-year-old
medical doctor,
Irawo Adamolekun,
at the Anthony
Village end of
Ikorodu Road, Lagos.
Irawo, who was
driving in a black Sephia II Kia saloon car with Lagos number
plate GP 388 AAA was shot at about 3:15pm in front of the
traffic warden spot linking Access Road to Ikorodu Road.
It was learnt that the Ondo State indigene who had just left
Osuntuyi Medical Centre, Obanikoro, where he works, was
shot after he declined to part with valuables when the
gunman attempted to rob him in traffic.
Eyewitnesses said the gunman who was wearing a three-
quarter length short, shot the deceased at close range,
mounted a waiting motorcycle on the other side of the road
and fled the scene.
The deceased was taken to the Lagos State University
Teaching Hospital, Ikeja by officials of the Lagos State
Ambulance Service.
A traffic official at the scene of the incident, who pleaded
anonymity, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the gunman shot
Adamolekun on the forehead adding that he was the only one
in the vehicle.
He said, “Everybody here including police traffic wardens
and men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority
all fled the scene on hearing the gun shot.
“The gunman fled on a waiting motorcycle immediately he
shot the deceased.
“When he was shot, his vehicle hit the Toyota Hiace bus in
front of him and caused a gridlock. “On moving closer, I saw
the bullet hole in his head and he was in the pool of his own
“Policemen from Pedro Division who came in two patrol vans
and LASTMA officials later towed his vehicle away from the
The Chief Medical Director, Osuntuyi Medical Centre, Dr.
Julius Osuntuyi, said Irawo was employed in the hospital on
January 7, adding that he left the hospital after he closed
for the morning duty which lasts between 8am and 3pm.
He said, “We are very saddened by the death of Irawo who
joined the services of this company on January 7. His doctor-
patient relationship was excellent for the few days he spent
in this hospital. He was amiable and likeable by all and you
would think that he had been working here for months.
“One of the patients he treated some days ago who thought
he had an accident spotted his car on the road and
telephoned us at the hospital. We took an ambulance to the
scene before we learnt about the unfortunate incident.”
Osuntuyi urged the police to unravel the mystery surrounding
his death and bring the culprit to book.
When our correspondent visited the Pedro Police Division, the
front seat was full of blood while his ward coat was dangling
from the driver’s seat.
The deceased was the only surviving son of his parents.
A family member, who spoke to one of our correspondents on
the condition of anonymity, said the deceased’s older
brother, Imole, died some years ago.
She said, “Imole was a student in Igbinedion University but
died around 2004 in a car accident while leaving the school
for home. He was the first born and it left the family
“Irawo was the only surviving son. He was also in Igbinedion
University but later left to attend Houdegbe University,
Benin Republic. He concluded his internship not too long ago
at a military hospital and he had his life ahead of him.”
Attempts to speak with the deceased’s sister, Ojia, proved
abortive as her telephone was switched off.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police
command, Ngozi Braide, said she would call back but had yet
to do so as at press time.

Source: Punch Newspaper

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