Mob kills 22-year-old man wrongly accused of stealing phone, throws body into lagoon

Mob kills 22-year-old man wrongly accused of stealing phone, throws body into lagoon

- Hoodlums reportedly killed 22-year-old man in Lagos and dumped him in a Lagoon after being wrongly accused of stealing a phone

- The phone he was accused of stealing was later found with the son of the woman who had wrongly accused him of stealing it

- The woman who wrongly accused the victim and the hoodlums she hired have been arrested by the police

Tragedy struck in Badore, Ajah, Lagos on Monday, July 8, when some hoodlums in a mob action killed Olamide Omolede, a 22-year-old man, after he was wrongly accused of stealing a mobile phone.

The victim's father, Francis Omolede, said the incident occurred on Monday evening, Premium Times reports.

According to the newspaper, Omolede, a tricycle rider, on the said day went to a nearby store to charge his handset for a fee, due to power outage in the community. He thereafter left the store for his house.

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However, shortly after getting home, a woman whose name is yet to be identified arrived at Omolede’s house with some hoodlums, accusing him of stealing alleging her phone at the store where they were charging.

The hoodlums reportedly mauled him to death and threw his body into a nearby lagoon.

According to a witness, Tunde Afolabi who spoke to Premium Times, Omolede was first paraded half-naked to Iyalaye Store where the alleged theft occurred.

His words: “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."

Afolabi said the phone which was reported stolen was later found with the son of the woman who had wrongly accused Omolede of stealing it.

The victim's father also spoke on how he was informed about the tragic incident.

Francis Omolede, the victim’s father, also spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on the tragedy.

He said: “I was called on Monday by the sister of the victim that her brother was accused of stealing a phone. After the thugs brought by the woman who accused him of stealing eventually killed him, they threw him into the river to avoid traces.

“It was afterwards that the phone was found with the son of the woman who wrongly accused my son. The police have arrested the woman and some of the thugs who perpetrated the act."

Also, the traditional head of the community identified as Baale Jikoji said the matter would be properly handled.

“We have met and we will definitely address the matter,” he said.

Confirming the incident, the police officer in charge of the matter, who simply identified himself as Inspector Sunday, said proper investigation would be carried out.

He said: “We have arrested the woman who accused the victim and some thugs that carried out the act. Some of them are still at large but we will definitely arrest and carry out a proper investigation."

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In a related development, a security guard working for the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, Cletus Wilson, allegedly murdered one of his colleagues, John Okoro.

Okoro was killed and matcheted by Wilson on Friday, May 24, within the school's premises.

Witnesses at the scene of the crimes said Wilson had attempted to escape but other security guards on the campus chased and caught him, reporting the matter to the police station on Ikorodu-Sagamu Road.

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