In a grim case of jungle justice, Olamide Omolede, a 22-year-old man, was on Monday killed by hoodlums in Badore, Ajah, Lagos after he was wrongly accused of stealing a mobile phone.
The incident occurred on Monday evening, the victim’s father said.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that following days of epileptic power supply in the community, Mr Omolede, who is also a tricycle rider, went to a nearby store to charge his handset for a fee.
Afterwards, he left the store for his house. However, after some minutes, a woman whose name had not been provided at the time of filing this report arrived at Mr Omolede’s house with some hoodlums, alleging he stole her phone where they were charging.
The hoodlums mauled him to death and threw his body into a nearby lagoon.
A witness, Tunde Afolabi, told PREMIUM TIMES that the deceased was first paraded half-naked to Iyalaye Store where the alleged theft occurred.
“After he eventually died, the thugs threw him into the lagoon. But we concerned people of the community paid Egun people to help trace the corpse after we heard the incident. The corpse was brought out of the river this morning,” he said.
He said the phone which was reported stolen was later found with the son of the woman who had accused Mr Omolede of stealing it.