I know most of the readers of Oversabi Republic Blog travel by air and so may not be familiar with the name Young Shall Grow, but for the benefit of the very few that travel by road, the Chief Executive Officer of a popular bus transport company from the East, the Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianodo, narrowly escaped death Tuesday night, after he was attacked by gunmen in Festac Town, Lagos. His driver and police escort were not so lucky as they were shot dead by the gunmen.
Chief Obianodo was returning from work at about 9 p.m. when the gunmen, numbering five, who drove in a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) intercepted him on 22 Road and opened fire. His Police orderly, identified as Ngozi Chijioke, was said to have attempted to match the gunmen fire-for-fire, but unfortunately Corporal Chijioke attached to Patrol and Guards of the Lagos State Command reportedly died on the spot. One of the bullets from the gunmen was said to have hit Obianodo’s driver in the chest, after a futile attempt to wriggle his way out of the fire line.
Other road users who were alarmed by the gunshots hurriedly made u-turns. However Policemen from Area ‘E’ on patrol were said to have swooped on the gunmen and engaged them in a gun battle during which two of the gunmen were killed while others escaped.
Chief Obianodo was said to have been hit in the left arm by the gunmen’s bullet before policemen arrived the scene. The bullet was reportedly aimed at his chest but hit one of his hands.
He was immediately rushed to an undisclosed hospital where the bullet was extracted. According to Police authorities, he is responding to treatment.
Confirming the incident, spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, said AK-49 and AK-47 rifles with 400 live ammunition and 10 fully loaded magazines abandoned by the fleeing gunmen were recovered at the end of the shoot-out.
The attack on Obianodo is believed to be an assassination plot.
The Nigeria Police, Lagos State command, has commenced investigation into the ugly incident.