The Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, had on Wednesday, recieved about 25 landlords from the Temidire, Alagbado area of Lagos State, who came running for cover, following an attack launched on them by a suspected homosexual in the area.
It was gathered that a petition revealing that the residents’ lives were in danger as the suspect constantly attacks them with thugs, was submitted to the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, by the complainants, who were led by the Baale, Alhaji Najimu Abioye.
In their statement, they said, “The suspect, identified as Alhaji Tunji, has raped many young men in the area, and usually moved with thugs to collect money from traders and the people building houses in the community, adding that Tunji has continued to “buy his way out, and molest them with hoodlums, taking possession of people’s lands, boasting that he is untouchable.”
The Baale, who is the town head, while speaking with PUNCH, said: “Tunji is gay. We reported him at Alagbado Police station, but he went to Area G Command, Ogba, and lied that we brought hoodlums to his house and burgled it. At that time, he left the area, but resurfaced later to resume another round of trouble”.
He also revealed that the suspect was taking over people’s plots of land and selling them. “He has thugs who work for him, causing havoc every now and then. That is why we have run to the police to help us tame him and save us the troubles.
Olufemi, who worked as a plumber, revealed that about two weeks ago, one of his friends informed him that there was work to do at the Alhaji’s house. It was when he went to Alhaji’s residence to work that the suspect lured him to a room, asking him to undress and attempted to touch his body.
“I stood confused for a moment and wondering why a fellow man will be asking me to undress. The moment I realized he was up to something bad, I made my way out of his house as fast as I could”, he added.
The suspect, upon interrogation by the police, said: “There is no truth in what they are saying. Have you seen any land agent that does not have co-workers? I am a land agent. I don’t have thugs. I have co-workers. When I visit the landed property under my supervision and some people try to fight us, there is no wrong in fighting them back.”
He went further to say that there is no truth in the allegations leveled against him. “I am a complete man and I am not insane. How can I make an attempt to lure my fellow man to bed? I am not a homosexual and everything I do as regards land and property are legitimate.
“I am innocent of these charges officer”, Alhaji Tunde added.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, has however promised to further investigate the issue.