Catholic Church Dogs Stray, Bite Passerby to Death in Lagos

By Juliet Amaka
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A 36-year-old man, Hashiru Isah has been beaten to death by dogs guarding a Catholic church in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the unguarded dogs left the church premises and strayed onto the street, where they attacked Isah, who was on his way home around 11.30pm on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

During the attack, the dogs reportedly bit Isah in different parts of his body.

He was rushed to the Orile Agege General Hospital where he died.

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The case was however reported at the Oke-Odo Police Station.

A source who spoke with newsmen about the incident said, the deceased family members retrieved his corpse for burial in accordance with Islamic rites.

“The attack happened in the night. The dogs strayed onto the streets and bit him to death. The dogs are still missing; someone took them away.

“The victim’s family members are Hausa; they were not interested in police investigation and went ahead to bury his corpse,” the source said.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, while confirming the incident said efforts were ongoing to locate the dogs.

“The case file is still open; we haven’t closed it. But we can’t proceed with any investigation now because the deceased’s family has declined to assist with any investigation.

“The corpse of the deceased was released on compassionate grounds. We have also tried to verify things as we keep all options open. The exact circumstances have yet to be established because this recently happened.

“Findings are still being made. But indications showed that the dogs strayed onto the street and attacked a passerby. The passerby was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

“The general overseer of the church was not around; only one caretaker was at home taking care of the dogs and he has made a statement as we await the arrival of the owner of the premises and the dogs. We are still trying to locate the dogs.”

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