A yet-to-be-identified suspect is on the run after allegedly shooting a man identified as  Kayode Oloruntoba in the stomach at a food joint known as Avid Bar in the Alagbado area of Lagos State on Friday.

Efforts by some good people to save Oloruntoba including his friend, Kazeem Okikiola, proved abortive, as he died.

it was learned that the deceased friend known as Okikiola on Friday, September 11, went to Avid Bar at Alagbado to buy Shawarma and called Oloruntoba to join him.

While waiting for the Shawarma seller to attend to him, that Okikiola got into an argument with another customer, who also wanted to buy the dish.

The argument, which centered on who should be served first, however, degenerated into an altercation, and out of annoyance, the suspect left the spot, entered his car, and drove away.

A few minutes later, Oloruntoba met Okikiola at the spot and while they waited for the Shawarma, the suspect reportedly returned, brought out a gun, and shot in the direction of the two friends.

The bullet was said to have hit Oloruntoba in the stomach, while the suspect fled.

A resident, who identified himself as Chinedu, said the suspect mistakenly shot the 35-year-old.

Chinedu said “He actually thought that he shot the person that he had the argument with. Unfortunately, the bullet hit the wrong person. Immediately, the suspect got back into his car and drove away,”

Seyifunmi Akinola, another resident, said a native doctor assisted in removing the bullet from Oloruntoba’s body, adding that he died while being rushed to a hospital for further treatment.

Akinola said, “Immediately the incident happened, his friends rushed him to the Merit Hospital where he was rejected because there was no police report. He was later referred to the General Hospital, Otta, Ogun State, where he was cleaned up and transferred to the General Hospital in Abeokuta.

“But instead of taking him to Abeokuta, they took him to a native doctor to remove the bullet from his body and returned him to the General Hospital in Otta, but he was rejected. He died on the way to another hospital.”

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, The state Police Public Relations Officer, said six suspects, including Okikiola, were being questioned over the incident.

The PPRO said, “After the shooting, his friend and witness, Kazeem Okikiola, who had earlier called Oloruntoba to join him at the Shawarma spot, refused to report the incident to the police, but rather took the deceased to a herbalist in Ogun State, where they extracted the pellets from his body.

“He later took Oloruntoba to his brother’s house in the Ipaja area of Lagos State, where he died. As a follow up to the incident, Hakeem Odumosu,   the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, directed that police detectives be mobilized to hunt the suspects linked to the killing.

“During the investigation, the owner of the Shawarma spot, Chimezie Amaechi; the deceased’s friend, Kazeem Okikiola; the Manager of the Avid Bar, Olayinka Oyedokun, and his friends, Femi Victor, Taiwo Morokola, and Omole Wasiu were arrested. These suspects are giving useful information that can assist the police in the investigation.

“Meanwhile,  Hakeem Odumosu, the Commission of Police, has ordered the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to take over the case for discreet investigation.”