Gunmen, in the early hours of Thursday, stormed an apartment in a block of flats in Unity Estate, Akowonjo area of Egbeda, killing a man, his wife, his child and their maid.
Vanguard, gathered that the gunmen suspected to be hired assassins, stormed the building at about 2am and fired shots, apparently to wade off intruders.
A neighbour, who pleaded anonymity, said there was an argument between the gunmen and the owner of the flat whose identity could not be immediately ascertained.
According to the neighbour, “the gunmen scaled through the fence of the building and held the gateman hostage.
“They beat the gate man, tied his hands and asked him to leave the vicinity, threatening to kill him if he alerted the Police.
“They, thereafter, made straight for the flat from where we heard argument. We heard the owner of the apartment shouting ‘no, no’. We did not know what the argument was about. The next thing we heard were gun shots, with the victim still shouting ‘no, don’t,’ but the assassins continued to fired intermittently.
Sounds of gun shots eventually died down at about 4 am but nobody was willing to go to the affected flat until daylight.”
It was gathered that policemen later arrived and took the corpses away.
When the Lagos State Police Command Deputy spokesman, Lelma Kolle, was contacted, he said he was on an official assignment but promised to get back after he would have received details from the Divisional Police Officer under whose juridiction the incident occurred.