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Irawo Adamolekun, Young Nigerian Doctor Shot Dead in Broad Daylight in Lagos

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The rate of unprovoked killing of young people by men of the underworld is getting really alarming. Almost every week, we hear of sad, brutal killings of bright, young Nigerians and the frequency is very disturbing.

A young Nigerian doctor, Irawo Adamolekun, was shot dead on Friday (11th January) in the Anthony area of Lagos by an unknown gunman. He was killed in his car, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of people.

Since his death, his name has been trending on Twitter and Facebook with many expressing their sadness about his death. What makes his death even more shocking is the way he was killed and how the killer just rode away.

According to rapper, Ruggedman, who witnessed the killing and tweeted about the incident, the killer shot him and then walked calmly to a waiting motorbike and sped off.

Here are some of his tweets about the incident:

However, according to other witnesses, he was shot by a robber for his refusal to part with his valuables. Here are tweets by another witness:

What makes his death even more sad is that according to comments on Twitter and Facebook, Irawo lost his brother Imole, in a fatal car crash in 2004. He was just 21 and was a high flying medical student. They have one surviving brother.

The agony of burying a child is something no parent should have to face, much less two children, both under tragic circumstances.

May God console the Adamolekun family at this tragic period and may his soul Rest In Peace.

We hope his death gets investigated by the police and doesn’t get swept under the carpet like some other similar cases.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

69 Comments

  1. OLAYINKA AWOFODU

    January 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

    This is So Sad!…SAD SAD SAD!!!.

    We really don’t know the reasons why some policies/rules/advice are essential/beneficial UNTIL they affect our lives directly or indirectly.
    I support the OKADA and Street Hawking BAN…100percent!..Especially On Major Roads. If you’re scheduled for an appointment.. my advice? set out on time.. If you know you’ll prolly get hungry in traffiic, load your bag or car with food and drinks!..

    I had a near-death experience similar to the “crime scene” that claimed Irawo”s life. This was at Broad day light in trafficc on Ikorodu road. A road hawker came near my vehcle insisting that i buy a paper gum and i vehemently said NO…He now told me to look down his shirt (pointing a supposed gun towards me;tucked down under his shirt). Initially my brain didnt even “booth”.. Immmediately i realized what it is ,”supposedly’, i screameddddd… and i immediately rolled up my windows. I was all sweaty till i got out of the traffic… I really dont know why i need to speak out about this experience. Its just painful how lives are just being lost in this country for avoidable reasons cum natural causes( air crashes, armed men…)… Its so sad!

    RIP Irawo

    • Ada

      January 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

      wow, thank God for your life. So scary!!!

  2. poshilla!

    January 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I LIVE IN MARYLAND AND HAV TO PASS TRU ANTHONY TO MA HOUSE,ANTHONY ESPEACIALLY AT NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING IS VERY VERY DANGEROUS,I VE BEEN ROBBED INSIDE MA STAFF BUS WITH MA COLLEAGUES BROADDAY LIGHT,FOUR OF DEM CAME INTO OUR BUS WHILE WE WERE WAITIN FOR OUR ODA COLLEAGUES ,WE WERE COMFORTABLY ROBBED AND DEY LEFT ON OKADA ,THO OUR STAFF BUS IS TINTED SHAA.WE QUICKLY GAVE DEM ALL WITOUT ARGUIN OO.AND FO THE FIRST TIME MA BP SKYROCKED COS I WS IN SHOCK FOR 2 WEEKS AFTER SEEIN DIER DOUBLE BARRELLED GUNS AND LONG MAFIA COATS ! MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE! PLS NOBODY SHLD EVA STRUGGLE WIT D MEN OF THE UNDERWORKLD OO! YIPEEEE AM 1ST TO COMMENT

    • Anon

      January 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Haha first indeed.

  3. kobi

    January 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

    its a pity, may his soul rest in peace.

  4. esin

    January 12, 2013 at 7:22 am

    oh my foodness, god protect us in this country. what are our leaders doing regarding security and armed robbery…gosh

    • ao

      January 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Leaders are doing NOTHING! Rather, they are busy stealing public money and forget that leadership is service. The problems of Nigeria and many of the horror stories that we hear such as the death of this handsome young man are the DIVIDENDS OF CORRUPTION. Trace almost any issue in Nigeria, e.g., kidnapping, DANA Air, assassinations, boko haram, etc., and you will find that the root cause is corruption, i.e., the lack of investment/development of Nigeria due to leaders stealing public funds and ignoring their obligation to provide security, opportunity, infracstructure, etc. With that said, there needs to be a national identity system in Nigeria where EVERYONE is required to have a national identification based on something that is not easily altered and is easily verifiable such as fingerprint. Of course the joke of a president, GEJ, and the equally useless legislature will do nothing because they lack what it takes to lead.

  5. Red

    January 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

    No good news ever comes out of this joke of a country. A useful member of society gunned down by a lowlife and as usual the “nigerian” way nothing will happen till the next incident.
    Brother rest in Peace

  6. viv

    January 12, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Too sad! God please help Nigeria!

  7. Sexxie

    January 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Sad! God rest his soul.

  8. Ehi_remen

    January 12, 2013 at 8:07 am

    One surviving sister not brother… My sincere condolences to the Adamolekun family. May the Lord be their comfort and May Irawo’s soul rest in perfect peace…Amen

    • Ada

      January 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Amen!
      Exactly, here is her blog online, where she even mentioned the oldest one’s death, now this…

      drsweetness.blogspot.com/2010/03/great-loss.html

  9. Olufunmi

    January 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    May his soul r.i.p… 🙁
    YCFOnline.com

  10. Happylifeguy

    January 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

    God have mercy…..lost for words! may your gentle soul rest in peace bro!

  11. Bisi

    January 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

    May this young man’s soul rest in peace.

    I don’t know why that girl is explaining the deceased “refusing’ to part with his valuables. That means nothing, young man should not have been killed. I hope all these people tweeting about this story are running to their nearest station to give the police all the information they can because if not they are let this poor soul die in vain.

    Lastly, this is just another reason why we should support Fashola in his okada banning and all the rules he wants drivers to follow. If these killers didn’t have okadas to help do their crimes, there would be less situations like this in lagos. Imagine if the robbers did this and tried to get away in a car, it would be hard, and all the bystanders could have taken down the license plates and gone straight to the police with that information.

    May this young man’s soul rest in peace.

  12. Slim

    January 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Too sad,see a bright handsome life cut short#crying#

  13. gbenga

    January 12, 2013 at 8:35 am

    How can the police investigate this incident when dere is no intelligence to do so, no cctv footage, no proper identification to identify citizens and other things to help in d search for the culprits… Smh for Nigeria.

  14. Cee Frank

    January 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

    God!! Am speechless, so sad! What pains me the most is remembering what Dr Irawo went through to be what he was and then seeing that dream shatter into pieces like that is no joke! These pple must be brought to book. We all had been victims of this rubbish;I don’t want to recount my own story,but Dr Irawo’s death should not be left lying low. R.I.P worthy colleague.

  15. jay

    January 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    irawo,may ur soul rest in peace.you were always so full of life, cant believe you are gone. may ur murders know no peace. irawo rest well.

  16. ChiboyChuks

    January 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Heyya! No wonder 9ja is the part of 20th saddest nation in the world

  17. Idak

    January 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

    my thoughts and prayers are with his parents. To bury two of your children must feel like a form of hell on earth. I can only imagine the myriad of questions plaguing their wounded, broken and lacerated minds. May they and their daughter find grace and strength in these days and beyond.
    Words will never be enough. May they find a solace that reaches deeper than words.

  18. Yetty

    January 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Sad sad sad , wonder wat goes thru d mind of d men of d underworld , they take someone’s life and expect to live forever , GOD u see everything fight d culprits of did hidious act , may dey not go unpunished , pls GOD

  19. Ayana

    January 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This is so sad…My heartfelt condolence to Sweetness and her family…May his soul rest in peace and I pray the perp is caught….

  20. Stella Kashmoney

    January 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    RIP Irawo. This is so sad.

  21. Chuchu

    January 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Not again!! Six years ago Imole left dis sinful world, now Irawo is gone. Keep resting till we meet again. R.I.P Dr. Irawo Isaac Adamolekun. #####tears#####

  22. Jay

    January 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

    This is the saddest news I have heard for over 10 years when I lost my mom to a ghastly motor accident. Irawo was a friend full of energy n promising n hard working young man. I still cannot believe my ears that this is true. Almighty God please help us… May his gentle soul rest in peace. May God himself comfort the Ademolekun family in this terrible time. Amen

  23. Jamike

    January 12, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Nooooo iraw0 ! I cannot read this nooooo irawo

  24. chambs

    January 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    This is a broad daylight assasination. Was he the only one driving on that road? Why Irawo? God pls forgive him of his sins and accept his soul. Amen. I will miss u my friend and collague. RIP

    • Anon

      January 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      I suggest you shut up and respect his passing.

  25. Asaa

    January 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    All of you shouting Nigeria this Nigeria that what about your so called “God’s own country” where ppl are killed like ants? Quit your grief and mourn the dead! Crazy ppl! Is this not child’s play in the US?

    • Eniola

      January 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      it is not the point that people are shouting Nigeria, but the problem with Nigeria is that these people probably will never be arrested and they are, the case will die a cold death and this is the difference between Nigeria and God’s own country

    • ghu

      January 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Truth is bitter ehn?

  26. Chi

    January 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Lord please bless Nigeria?

  27. tammy

    January 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Its so not fair, those assassins will never be traced cos that’s the norm in naija. The wicked is never apprehended while the innocent is left to suffer it all. RIP Irawo.

  28. Toyin

    January 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Irawo Iawo how ironical I was looking at my pic at Houdegbe on Thursday night I was talking about your dress sense, your personality and all that. It saddens my heart that I heard about you this way. My prayer is that your heart was right with God, and that you would see God. Only him has has the answers, I pray God himself who is the prince of peace and comforter would comfort mum, Ojia and dad. Because human words can not comfort them. Rest in Peace Irawo. I remember you saying to me so many times Toyin you know you are my sister

  29. Kify

    January 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Your achievements should have been featured on the likes of bellanaija not your death, am glad i mey you RIP darling….you made your mark in our hearts…till we meet again

  30. Timma

    January 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    May he Rest in perfect peace amen

  31. Drew

    January 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    yesterday I saw a link on facebook making rounds about Accra ,Ghana being the fourth on New York’ Times 46 places to visit in 2013. There were only 3 other African cities, one in Morocco and the other somewhere out of W.Africa. I kept wondering when Nigeria could get things right for a change. The only news I read on Nigeria this week on the international media are both negative. 77% of women in Nigeria bleaching and Nigeria being among the top 10 sad places to live. Who wouldn’t be sad with this news above? And these kind of stuff are daily occurrences. Extravagant weddings, unnecessary red carpet events, dressing to nines to nowhere, bleached women with bridal make-up on and the longest length of brazilian hair etc won’t take us anywhere. People actually laugh at our opulence because we don’t do it with class but just for status recognition etc. We can’t compare ourselves to Ghana no matter how small that country is and how we try to belittle them. And who says in Africa size matter. The bigger a country is in Africa, the messier it is. Gh as small as they are had their independence bf us and we dare call them our small sister country. You should hear the way they laugh behind our backs at our aggressiveness that bring us nothing at the end. But we still don’t get it. Sad country,Sad people!

    • Bukky

      January 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      This obviously is written by a Ghanaian. Your points are valid.We should get ourselves together in Nigeria so we can better the lives of our citizen and not because we are trying to compete with Ghana. Who cares about them?

    • Drew

      January 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      A Ghanaian u said? If tht makes u feel better. Who cares about them? Wait till BN feature a piece on Ghana n check the comments. U’ll see how much we care. Sit there n scream if that will make things right,i’ll gladly join u.

    • intheoverseas

      January 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      I totally agree with your comment.

      I’ve said this a million times… the avenues we should be using to raise awareness and incite a “revolution of the mind” are same that are awash with irrelevant news that celebrate corruption itself. Today we read about Irawo on various blogsites and lament about the decaying state of security but tomorrow, these same sites carry news about one nightclub opening, or one red carpet even and the news of yesterday is forgotten till the “next incident” occurs and the “lament cycle” continues. I find that the seemingly “intellectual generation” in Nigeria that are supposed to be raising their voices and garnering support against these govt crimes are more distracted with all the things you mentioned: brazilian hair, red carpet events etc. It just appears that life is sweet to majority of those that could make a difference…and so they don’t! I have witnessed this during the various bombings, aluu4 incident, 2013 budget reading, fuel crises march, occupy protest, and many before this. Its truly sad…which way forward?

    • dee one

      January 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      @drew how shallow can u get for pete’s sake, comin on here trying to sound like a concerned Nigerian when we obviously know who you are from previous comments on this same site (a bitter Ghanian who’s always trying to tell us how Ghana is better than Nigeria).
      If you have the need to prove so badly how ur country (Ghana) is better than ours (Nigeria) this is not the place nor the time for that as u can see from the title someone just lost his life and people are mourning but if you must; you should at least be brave enuf not to lie about ur nationality and pretend to be one of us or be smart enuf to change ur name.

      ps: if you are so bitter and have so much hatred for Nigeria/Nigerians then pls restrict ur browsing to ghanian blogs period.!!!

    • Drew

      January 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Honestly I’ll so love to be a Ghanaian. Even for a day!

    • Adeori Omoba

      January 14, 2013 at 3:35 am

      I Could Not Have Said It Better ..But In The mist of all These Coax,Apparently,We Are Among The Happiest In The World…..uhhhhh!

    • Nma

      January 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      You’re quite daft sha! You are most definitely Ghanaian. Unlike what u alluded to, Ghanains are the ones that tend to raise dust and compete unnecessarily with Naija and not the other way round. I have never heard a group of Nigerians discussing ghanaians/ghana…if anything they’ll even give compliments pertaining to their music or their women’s big behinds. You even mentioned that they ridicule Nigerians behind their backs so obviously, they are the ones with all the time to chat nonsense not us. Naija may not be where its supposed to, but why the incessant comparison to Ghana? What about other West African countries? You obviously have a serious vendetta with Nigerians, so grow some balls and come in full form as a true ghanaian and state ur case! Until then…u can join the rest of ur kind on youtube and whereever else y’all gather and chat ish about Nigerians and continue to BACK bite.

  32. peju

    January 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    God will grant the family and friends the strength and grace to move on and bear this great loss.May his soul rest in peace IJN this is sooooooo sad

  33. NNENNE

    January 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    So,so,sad. May God console his family. RIP, DOC!

  34. Chikaka

    January 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    May his young soul rest in peace.

  35. Cool cat

    January 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    oh no.this can’t be ojia’s brother. nigeria, nigeria, for so many reasons i am ashamed to be nigerian, this country is only great beacause of our past leaders. with what we have at the helm of affairs, i fear what future is left for our children

  36. mozaino

    January 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Oh why!!!!!!…..why is naija like this? may your gentle soul rest in the lord IRAWO… till now your parents are finding it hard to get over imole’s death and now u are gone. naiaj government should please wake up to their responsibilities ……so sad

  37. Didi

    January 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I still can’t believe that Irawo is gone.its so painful knowing he was cut down at his prime.keep wondering what satisfaction people get in taking lives they didn’t and can’t create.but I guess that’s the evil world we live in now.Irawo,may you find eternal rest in the LORD.and may God give those u’v left behind,the fortitude to bear this great loss.we sure will miss you dearly.

  38. Sweetprincess

    January 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Oh my

  39. Bisi

    January 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I will not make excuses because God knows Nigeria needs to do better now.
    But all you people blaming Nigeria for this, exactly what are you doing to improve your country. All the bystanders that watched this man die, none thought to use their car to run over the shooter. When the killed went into the theater to shoot people, it was civilians that tackled him and stopped him. Most of you commenting on this would move on to the next topic and diss someone’s fashion. Nigerians love to complain but when it is time to take action they will keep quiet. You are waiting for politicians to fix your problems, you will wait tire. Change starts with us the citizens.
    People get shot in broad daylight even in America and alot of times their shooter is not found.
    nydailynews.com/new-york/man-child-shot-park-article-1.1237567

    Help the police find this young man’s killer instead of sitting on a blog commenting like you are going to do anything.
    God’s knows if I witnessed such a tragedy I would not be on twitter giving gist, I would be patronizing the police with any information I gathered.

    • intheoverseas

      January 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks for this. I said it before on linda Ikeji’s blog. Can we not raise dust to have the woman that got robbed come forward and describe the killer? Can we not also have someone help us sketch the killer and paste on different sites? This may seem a hard shot but I believe this is the sort of citizen-focused/vigilante thoughts that we need to cultivate.

  40. Bisi

    January 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    *killer

  41. despy

    January 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    R.i.p young soul. As for all those attacking “Nigeria”…………first of ask yourselves what makes up Nigeria, you and me and a 100 million plus souls….majority of us just trying to get the next meal. A youn man went into a school in USA the other killed his mum, and 25-28 other people. No the Americans did not attack Americans……….some chose to attack the “issue that is ..gun control…………and not the people.

  42. Mum Enoch

    January 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Continue to rest in peace Irawo till we meet to part no more. Ur killer will know no rest. Amen

  43. Dee

    January 13, 2013 at 2:43 am

    May God uphold n strengthen ur parents n loved ones.May heaven judge ur killer.Rest in peace Irawo!

  44. jelly beans

    January 13, 2013 at 4:03 am

    THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN IN SENEGAL. DA POLICE IS SO ACTIVE AND VIGILANT… ALL BIG CRIMINALS COMING FROM NIGERIA, GHANA OR ELSEWHERE ARE NOW ROTTING IN THE JAILS. NO PITY FOR CRIMINALS. SENEGAL POLICE IS DA BEST IN WEST AFRICA. COZ I DONT WANT TO COME BACK TO NAIJA SOOOOOO DANGEROUS NOW, FULL OF AKATA AND CRIMES. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE AND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY. TRULY THE PRESIDENT HAS TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. WE HAVE THESE BOKO HARAM, WE HAVE THESE CRIMES, NIGERIA IS GOING BAD. CHAI

  45. Don

    January 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    So you guyz saw all that happen and none of you can take the picture of the guy with your phone?Just asking!

  46. pharmadesuwa

    January 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    i sstill saw Irawo at his schoolmate’s wedding in abj last december…we danced at the wedding afterparty…though he’s a friend to my boyfriend and his friends, the loss is very shocking, then sad, coupled with the previous loss of his brother. we can say God knows everything, but it can be anyone of us.

  47. pharmadesuwa

    January 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    as for Mr Senegal and defender of d senegalese, i was kidnapped in my ss3 by a senegalese man in my country nigeria who told me the only way for him to release me was if our bloods ‘matched’, which could be achieved by me sleeping with 4men, so i told him i had an STI and dey shd permit me to go to d roadside to get condoms…as one of them accompanied me, i mounted on an okada and escaped. the journey on d bike alone was up to 2hrs.

  48. Turayo Tijani

    January 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Okadas have nothing to do with this man’s death. If the killer did not get on an okada, he would have found a different mode of transport

  49. Remi

    January 14, 2013 at 2:10 am

    May your soul rest in peace. May the God of all comfort be with your dad, mother and Ojia as they mourn. May the light of his countenance shine on them, may he give them peace and turn their tears/mourning into joy.

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

    Rest in peace Irawo. Rest in peace Imole.

  50. Adeori

    January 14, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I Lost A Friend in October Who Went Home To Visit For The First Time In 6yrs and An Uncle Just This December to a similar Terrible Situation …We can sit there all day,throw blames n tantrums but Bottom line is,No matter where you are,anything can happen anywhere guys.Only God Protects ..May His Soul Rest In Peace,my Condolences to his family

  51. Bimby

    January 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Its so sad that such a handsome and promising *star* (like his name implies) would be a victim of the ineptitude of the leaders of this failing nation of ours. May his gentle and handsome soul RIP

  52. Kify Daniel

    January 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    In memory of our beloved brother, cousin, classmate, colleague and friend, Dr Irawo Adamolekun…there will be a candle light procession from Maitama General Hospital, Maitama Abuja on Wed @ 6pm. We will be walking from Maitama General hospital to City park, Wuse 2. Remember to mention his sister-Ojia and their Parents in our prayers. For more info, you can contact 08074914998- Isioma or 07083588389- Ayomide. Irawo remains “Truly Unforgettable”…..

  53. taiwo

    January 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    God knows why this happened. I had a personal interaction with Dr Irawo and he was a quiet,easy going coleague. I still can’t believe he’s gone. I’m shocked to my marrow.May his soul rest in peace

  54. Jane

    January 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Not knowing that I knew him until I got to hear from a known doctor, I had been so sad about his death.
    Ha this guy is gone,how will the gentle father handle this let alone the mom. Dr Adamolekun was always full of life and bold. After all the struggle he went through till he got a job! Oro nla le da oo.. May His gentle soul rest in peace…

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