Monday, July 31, 2017 5:30 pm
The victim who is said to be a contract driver attached to Complete Communications Limited, publisher of Complete Sports newspaper, allegedly attempted to flee from the robbers when he was shot in the head.
Tajudeen, a father of two and native of Abeokuta in Ogun State, told journalists in Benin at the male medical ward of the Central Hospital in Benin, that his assailants, who took him for dead when they saw him in the pool of his blood, dispossessed him of the sum of N48,000 and his mobile phone.
“When I saw the barricade I had to stop. As I tried to reverse, they [the robbers] shot me and I fell. When I fell and the vehicle stopped, one of them said that I was dead.
“So, they dragged me out of the vehicle, searched me and stole about, N48,000 and my Nokia phone, before they left me. I encouraged myself, when they left, and managed to drive down to Benin while the blood was still flowing,” he said.
He noted that robbery attacks on the road, which is a major route to the South-South, had become a regular occurrence.
“Armed robbery attacks happen there everyday. Last Saturday, about three routes were blocked. They (robbers) shot him (Tajudeen). He was the target. When we called the (police) control room, it called the Adeiyan police division to confirm whether it was true that the driver with us. When they (policemen) saw him, they went back,” Oiseomaoje added.
“Later, the hospital advised us to meet the police to get a report. We were told that it was within the jurisdiction of the police in Ore, since the incident happened there. But at the end of the day, he was given medical treatment. He is still in the hospital.”