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#MyLagosDiaries Tony Rapu tells the Story of Lekan

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Tony Rapu, in his weekly series tagged “My Lagos Diaries,” shared the story of Lekan, a 14-year-old gang member in Mushin who met his death during a gang war.

Lekan is laid to rest in this episode, and Tony Rapu uses this opportunity to talk to the rest of the gang members.

Tony Rapu wrote:

Lekan, 14, was part of a gang of young boys operating in Idioro, Mushin, Lagos. In a recent clash, Lekan was ambushed by members of a rival gang and killed in broad day light.

Lekan had only just begun to come to church, and had recently enrolled for his rehabilitation program, but was still involved with the gang.

After months of dialogue with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the case, we finally got permission to retrieve his body from the Lagos State mortuary for burial.

Our preferred cemetery to have used was Atan Cemetery in Yaba. We were however advised to avoid Atan and instead to use the Matori cemetery in Oshodi, to prevent another gang war at the cemetery on the day of Lekan’s burial as emotions were still raw.

The funeral at Matori was a chance to speak into the lives of these young men many who still operate in cults and gangs.

Watch Lekan’s story below:

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My Lagos Diaries . Lekan, 14, was part of a gang of young boys operating in Idioro, Mushin, Lagos. In a recent clash, Lekan was ambushed by members of a rival gang and killed in broad day light. Lekan had only just begun to come to church, and had recently enrolled for his rehabilitation program, but was still involved with the gang. After months of dialogue with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the case, we finally got permission to retrieve his body from the Lagos State mortuary for burial. Our preferred cemetery to have used was Atan Cemetery in Yaba. We were however advised to avoid Atan and instead to use the Matori cemetery in Oshodi, to prevent another gang war at the cemetery on the day of Lekan's burial as emotions were still raw. The funeral at Matori was a chance to speak into the lives of these young men many who still operate in cults and gangs. Extended version of video in my Bio. #MyLagosDiaries #GodblessNigeriaChurch #StoryOfLekan #MushinChronicles

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8 Comments

  1. Ogy

    September 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Wow, so sad. May he RIP. Baba God please keep our seeds for good deeds may no one experience an untimely death in our life time! Amen

  2. Amaa

    September 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    The land is green and the harvest is ready while some MOG are making tremendous impact on their on little space . Others are celebrating on yachts are wearing Gucci and being social media celebrities . Vanity is vanishing all is vanity. Tony Rapu keep up the good work

    • #Proudnigerian

      September 21, 2017 at 3:06 am

      Hope in your little space you are also harvesting souls because on that day no title when you are before your Father!

  3. Dr.N

    September 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    This story gave me the chills

  4. Tiwa

    September 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    God bless you pastor
    Continue to impact lives for Christ
    Its sad he ended his life like this

  5. Addy

    September 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    God bless Tony for all he does to make our society a better place.

  6. Letty

    September 21, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Pastor Tony Rapu I can only imagine how monumental this humble man of God’s reward is in Heaven. For over 20 years he has been helping reform the poor and down trodden, alaiye boys, drug addicts and prostitutes. He goes into the most unseemly, dingy and darkest corners of Lagos taking the gospel to the people living in grinding poverty, disenfranchised and hopeless. Way before the advent of social media. Laboring behind the scenes never ever seeking frivolous approval. Providing options like learning a trade, skills, counseling and most importantly the gospel of the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet people of means celebrate manolos, louboutins, foundation and concealer, birkins debauchery , shallowness and lasciviousness, totally immune and unconcerned about the wretchedness and suffering around them. He is only marginally on social media because he has a passion for our youth and knows it’s the quickest way to reach them.

    Women raising sons lets do ourselves a great service and raise honourable boys to become phenomenal men that will seek constructive ways to change society. Unlike some men and even women who are immoral, vainglorious, fetish and have absolutely no conscience.

  7. Good

    September 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Whether you believe it or not, there are so many pastors and other regular citizens: men and women, who are doing tremendous things and don’t care for social media at all ,i don’t want to start mentioning names. .The fact that Pst Rapu put his on social media, some people thought he just started,if not for TY bello, who knew there was Mama Ekundayo? and so many others. Let us just keep impacting lives in our own corner.

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