Suspected “Area Boys” had recently attacked an Igbo trader, 27-year-old Chigozie Amalu at Canoe Bridge, along Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lagos over N1,000.

Amalu In The Hospital Bed

The victim’s brother, Ikechukwu Dike, who was at GODCAN Medical Centre in Ejigbo, where Amalu is receiving treatment, said the hoodlums allegedly demanded N1,000 from Amalu, after both of them alighted from a commercial tricycle they boarded from Ladipo market, where they sell motor spare parts.

The incident, according to Dike, which happened about 8pm, was said to have resulted in an argument when Amalu and his brother refused to part with the N1,000.

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Recounting the incident, Dike said: “We boarded a tricycle from Ladipo market and when we got here (Canoe Bridge), we gave N1,000 to the tricycle rider.

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The tricycle rider refused to give us our balance and he (tricycle rider) made some calls and some boys just came from nowhere and started demanding another N1,000 from my brother, Chigozie and myself.

“Then I told them we don’t have any money and at that point, the tricycle rider ran away. The boys took my brother to the other side of the road, tied my mouth and started shouting thief, thief, thief and a passerby who came to the scene rescued me and showed me where my brother was tied in a pool of his own blood after he was matcheted in the ear, hands and legs.”

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Commenting on the incident, a member of the state House of Assembly, representing Oshodi-Isolo constituency, Jude Emeka Idimogu, said the incident was a sad one.

He urged the Ndigbo not take the law into their hands, stressing: “It is very sad at this stage that some people take laws into their hands by wounding and injuring a citizen even to the point of death.

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“Just look at the way they wounded this guy? If not that he was lucky to have been rushed to this hospital for first aid treatment, only God knows; he might have died.

“People should not take the law into their hands; even when there is disagreement it is not snapping or fighting the person that will settle the dispute because anything can happen when you are fighting somebody.”

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Idimogu further said; I have called the police to investigate the issue, we cannot allow this kind of thing to continue happen, it is not fear.”

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Nuka, said efforts were geared towards ensuring that the victim (Amalu) survive.

Source: New Telegraph

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