From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Abeokuta Street in Kaduna metropolis was thrown into a state of pandemonium yesterday, when gunmen attacked a patent medicine store and shot the vendor to death at a close range.
An eyewitness who would want his name on print said the gunmen arrived at the patent medicine store around 8.30pm and took off time to take some drinks and snacks at a neighboring shop while monitoring movement of their target.
While this was going on, owner of the shop whose name was given as Tajjudeen Adegbite was preparing to close shop for the day.
The eyewitness added that, they moved into the shop and invited the late Tajjudeen Adegbite outside, where he was shot on his right foot, he cried for help and they fired the second shot at his chest.
“They jumped into their waiting Golf 3 car and sped off leaving the victim in his pool of blood.
“Neighbours later called in the police who arrived at the scene and took Mr. Adegbite to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead,” he said.
Confirming the report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kaduna State Command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, said the police received a distressed call on gun attack at a premises and immediately a team was dispatched to the location. However, the gunmen had already fled the scene in their car.
“Our men in collaboration with neighours took the victim to a nearby hospital but unfortunately he gave us the ghost before help could be rendered.
“We are working round the table to ensure that the perpetrators of this gruesome act are brought to justice. We also call on the public to help us with information to may lead to tracking down the killers.
“But let me assure you that the Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, has ordered for massive manhunt to fish out the perpetrators,” he said.