Nigerian diplomat survives shootout

2013-05-02 00:00

THE Nigerian deputy high commissioner in South Africa and his wife yesterday morning survived a shootout on his driveway.

His driver, Dan Mohlala, returned fire at what police presume were armed robbers and was wounded in his left hand. The robbers had followed his car as he drove up the driveway of diplomat Kayode Oguntuase’s house in Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria.

Yesterday afternoon police cones were still marking the spent cartridges. All the windows of the Toyota Camry in which Oguntuase and his wife were travelling had been shattered in the shootout. There were blood stains on the car and on the paving.

Michaela Wood (13), who lives across the road, may have helped foil the robbery by pressing the panic button in her room that sounded an alarm.

One of the stray bullets went through the window of her room.

“My dad told me to get down, but I thought someone was trying to break in. So I ran and pressed the panic button,” she said.

Michaela had recently been a victim of a house robbery and did not intend to go through it again.

Her mother, Janet Wood, said Mohlala and Oguntuase had left at about 5 am for the airport to fetch Oguntuase’s wife, Hailey.

When they returned she heard a crash and saw how Oguntuase’s gate was being blocked by a white Lexus. “There were voices, then shots. Then Michaela pressed the panic button,” Wood said.

She said Oguntuase had told her they had almost reached home when the driver said someone was following them. Hailey wanted to get out, but the driver told her to sit in the car and lock the doors. Then the shooting started, Wood said.

Oguntuase rushed Mohlala to hospital before the ambulance arrived. Brigadier Phuti Setati said police were investigating complaints of attempted murder and armed robbery.

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