Tragedy struck in Lagos on Wednesday when operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NDCDC) opened fire on harmless civilians scampering for fuel.
A young man identified as a commercial motorcycle operator was instantly killed, while six persons are said to be on danger list as a result of gun shot injuries.
The incident happened at about 12noon at Forte Oil Plc, located on 21 Road, close to Ecobank Plc, opposite F.T.M.C OBA BI OLOHUN KOSI Mosque, in Festac Town.
It was gathered that the operatives, about seven in number stormed the scene with their operational vehicle and started seizing fuel in jerry cans from those who came to buy fuel with jerry cans under the guise that they were after those selling black market.
Eye witnesses told Independent that the operatives came to the scene with some Hausa Okada operatives believed informants who accompanied them with their motor cycles adding that as they seized the fuel, they hand over to their informants, until they opened fire indiscriminately, killing and wounding their victims.
Eye witnesses interviewed at the scene told Independent that there was no crises or any riot at the scene prior to the arrival of the men of (NSCDC).
It was gathered that a lady in the team fire the deceased three times. A shot on the tithe, another on the hand and a third on the chest, even as the deceased was begging that he should not be killed but spared.
Another victim was said to have received gun shot on the buttocks and bled profusely as he was being rushed to the hospital. Others received gun shots on legs, hands and other parts of the body.
Investigation revealed that the NSCDC officials dragged three of the wounded into their vehicle and drove off, leaving the dead victim and three other wounded victims on the ground.
When Independent visited the scene, expended bullets fired by the men littered the ground even as policemen from the Fetac Division led by the Divisional Police Police, CSP Monday Agbonika were seen patrolling the area along side with men of the military operation MESA outfit.
Also, the Area Commander, Area ‘E’, Festac Area Command arrived the scene in convoy of an Armor Personnel Carrier to forestall break down of law and order.
“When the Civil Defence Corpse arrived, they stood a distance from the petrol station close to Ecobank, even the Mobile Police men guarding the bank warned them not to shoot, but they ignored the police and fired indiscriminately into the crowd. The lady among them made a call apparently to their commandant saying should we fire, should we kill? before they opened fire”, said a petty trader at the scene.