A 28-year-old bus driver, Abraham Umar, has been killed by suspected cult members at Cele bus stop, in the Ijanikin area of Lagos State.
The police said the victim was set up by his friend who was obsessed with his (Abraham’s) 17-year-old girlfriend.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Abraham, aka Abi, was eating at the girlfriend’s mother’s bamboo restaurant when the gunmen invaded the place around 9pm on Tuesday.
They reportedly shot the Benue State indigene in the head, killing him on the spot.
It was learnt that the case was reported at the Ijanikin Police Station and the girlfriend, identified only as Elo, was arrested.
A witness, who did not want to be identified, said the gunmen came in a group after Abraham, who plied the Lagos-Badagry Expressway route, parked his vehicle and went to eat.
“He was with his conductor and the owner of the commercial bus when one of the gunmen tapped him on the back. Another one pushed him and slammed his head against the wall. Then one of them put a gun to his head and shot him dead. Everybody ran away.”
The deceased lost his father, a former naval officer, when he was barely six years old.
His foster father, Muhammed Umaru, said Abraham had been receiving threat text messages from some men who asked him to stop his relationship with Elo.
“They told him to leave the girl because she belonged to one of them.
“My son’s friend, Peter, said the young man behind the messages had once confronted them. I was told that the rival was dark in complexion and had dreadlocks.