Vigilante shoots self dead while trying to scare thieves
Ogundare Ekundayo who was a member of a
neighbourhood watch, was one of a three-man team
guarding Osholanke Street, Ebute
Meta. Ogundare accidentally shot himself dead while
attempting to scare away thieves from the Ebute-Meta area
of Lagos State.
It was gathered that around 4am, when they were expected
to round off guarding the area,, Ekundayo reportedly shot
into the air to scare away any thief that might be in the
area as was the vigilante’s’ custom.
However, when he fired the shot, the bullet hit an object
which ricocheted it towards him and struck him in the head.
upon hearing the shot, and discovered the victim dead.
The matter was immediately reported at the Denton Police
Division while Ekundayo’s remains were taken to the
Mainland General Hospital mortuary.
The police arrested Raimi, who insisted that he was
Raimi said:“I have known the deceased for some
time now. He was my boss; he recruited me into the
vigilance group, but we were employed by the
“There were three of us guarding Osholanke Street,
but the third person did not come that day because
he was ill.
“My master (Ekundayo) and I were together, but
when it was getting to 4am, he went down the street
there only to see he had mistakenly shot himself
A source said the victim was not properly trained on how to
use a gun.
He said:“The man was not trained to use a gun. He
did not handle it well and when he opened fire,
apparently to tell the residents they were done for
the day and to scare any thief, the bullet hit him
“But one thing that is also not clear is how the man
and his team had access to a gun. We are
investigating all these.”
Ogundare’s corpse was said to have been released to the
family for burial, while the suspect was transferred to the
State Department of Criminal Investigation.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, when
contacted on the incident said he would call back. But he
had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.