The couple – Taofiq Agbaje and Simiat Agbaje, 32,
– and two of their four children, Rodiat, 10, and eight-year-old
Toyeebat, were hacked to death by the gang.
happened barely three weeks after another couple and their only child
were murdered in Ibese Titun, a neighbouring community,
The attacks were allegedly perpetrated by members of a notorious gang called Badoo.
what seemed to be their usual modus operandi, PUNCH Metro gathered that
the attackers gained entrance into the Agbajes’ three-bedroomed flat in
the night after tearing the window net and removing some burglar-proof
They were said to have smashed some objects on their
victims and wiped away their blood with handkerchiefs, leaving them for
Our correspondent gathered that a neighbour, who had gone
to get lemon juice from the family around 6am on Tuesday, saw the
victims and called for help.
It was gathered that Taofiq and two
children died on the spot, while his wife, Rodiat, and the toddler were
rushed to a hospital for treatment.
The case was reported at the Imota Police Division.
Simiat’s uncle, Adisa Ismaila, said he was at work on Tuesday when he received the tragic news.
getting to the house, I met the corpses of her husband and two children
on the ground. There was a big stone beside them. The gang wiped their
blood with a piece of cloth. The mother and the two other children were
taken to the hospital, while we buried the deceased according to Islamic
“The following day, the mother also gave up the ghost. We
buried her beside them. Mardiya and her sister have recovered and have
been taken to our hometown in Iwo (Osun State) for proper care. When
policemen from the division asked Mardiya what transpired, she could not
explain,” he said.
A resident, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, told our correspondent that a generator was working at the
time of the attack, adding that its noise deafened the neighbours.
said, “Around 6am, one of the neighbours, a woman, needed lemon for her
child, who was having a stomach ache. She went to get it from Iya
Mardiya (Simiat). She saw Mardiya crawling on the passage. She could no
longer talk. She pointed at their room and the woman rushed in only to
discover other family members lying helplessly.
“They used to
live in the Agric area. They moved into this area four years ago when
they completed their house. We call on the security agencies to please
A community leader, who did not want his name in
print for security reasons, lamented that “there is little or no
improvement,” despite several petitions to Governor Akinwumi Ambode and
some other commissioners in the state.
The Lagos State Police
Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said identities of
the assailants had yet to be known.
He said, “The command
responded to a distress call from a resident and discovered that one
Taofeek Agbaje and his family were attacked at night by unknown persons.
As a result, Mr. Agbaje and his two daughters, between seven and nine
years, died, while his wife and two other daughters, aged two and 12
years, sustained injuries respectively and were taken to a hospital.
Investigations are in progress.”