Guest The Genetic Jackhammer Posted June 20, 2007 Share Posted June 20, 2007 I thought this warranted its own thread as it is so serious. Now this is from The Sun newpaper so I dont know if its 100% legit. NEWCASTLE striker Obafemi Martins last night told of his terror after a gang of masked gunmen fired at his car — wounding a pal. His Mercedes was sprayed with bullets and his passenger hit in the hand and shoulder. Shocked Martins, 22, said: “They shot indiscriminately and tried to kill all the occupants of the car. They weren’t there to rob me but to finish me off. “I thought I was going to die. They executed it like professional hired assassins. "They didn’t say anything to me but just started shooting at the car. It was hell. I was dead in my heart and soul. It all happened like in the movies.” The horror ordeal began when three masked gunmen surrounded Martins at a petrol station near his plush apartment in Lagos, Nigeria, late on Monday night. The player, who is now recovering in Italy, said: “I didn’t know their mission but they looked scary and mean. My nerves were completely dead when I saw the guns.” The terrified Magpies ace tried to reverse his car to get away but was blocked by another car parked behind him. Gunshots were fired at the windscreen and through the passenger window. Martins’ mate Remi Onipede was hit but the St James’ Park hero managed to run for cover before cops arrived. The gang did not steal the car and Martins now believes their motive could have been murder — as payback for him missing a recent international — rather than robbery. He said: “If you are attacked by armed robbers, they only threaten you and take whatever they want but these guys were only after my life. “How I managed to escape is still shocking and unbelievable. “Maybe someone up there loves me more than I could imagine because only he could explain what happened. “But my mother is scared they could come back again. “She almost passed out when she saw the car. She just kept asking who wants me dead. “I don’t feel safe in Lagos any more and don’t think I want to return so fast. "I was born in Lagos, I am a Lagosian. But when I don’t feel safe in my hometown then something must be wrong. “I am not running away from armed robbers but people who want to take the life of Obafemi Martins. "It’s a great thing to play for your country, put smiles on the faces of people and also feel safe among your family and fans. “But when the situation gets out of hand, I don’t think coming home is something I can even contemplate.” Onipede, speaking to The Sun from his hospital bed, said: “I am grateful to God for his favours because I could have been a dead man by now. But I’ve had X-rays and doctors say I will be fine. “Those people were merciless, they just kept shooting at us.” Martins’ mum Alhaja added: “Obafemi is the breadwinner of my family and some evil people want him dead. “Tell me why he should continue to stay here. “I have told him to return to Europe and I will join him there when I feel like seeing him. “They might return to haunt him, so it will be stupid of him to stay.” See the article here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390000-2007280396,00.html - which also has a few pictures of the car. The gang did not steal the car and Martins now believes their motive could have been murder — as payback for him missing a recent international — rather than robbery. If you believe that then this is to do with playing for his country. Now if this is indeed true what do yous make of it? EDIT - it is on skysports.com so it must be true http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=472819&CPID=8&clid=4&lid=2&title=Martins+reveals+gun+terror&channel=football_home& Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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