Ayodeji Adesegun, a generator repairer in Ogun State, has been shot dead by a local security guard for allegedly riding over 'ponmo' - consumable cow skin.
According to Punch, Adesegun had gone to seek his debtor, who sells cowhide at Odose Badejo area of Ijebu Igbo, when the incident occurred.
Trouble, however, started on Friday evening, when, after allegedly riding over the 'ponmo' with his motorcycle, the security guard shot him on the chest.
A resident who witnessed the incident said: “The man was a generator repairer and he had a motorcycle. The woman who sells the 'ponmo' owed him some money and he went to collect the money. He parked his motorcycle by the roadside where the woman put her wares.
“He was about leaving when the security man accused him of riding his motorcycle on the 'ponmo'. There was an argument between them and the repairer was shot in the chest.
“There was confusion everywhere and [a mob descended on] the security man, but we stopped them. We called the Police from the Ijebu Igbo division and their timely response saved the day. The policemen took the corpse away and they returned the following day to the area to make some arrests.”
The guard was said to have run away from the scene of the crime.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, stating that “The man that fired the shot is a local security guard. He just came out from nowhere and fired at the deceased, who was a member of the Odua People’s Congress. Nobody is ready to tell us what exactly led to the shooting.
“The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered that the SCIID should take over the case and ensure the arrest of the suspect.”