A mob in the Apapa area of Lagos has beaten one Yusuf Ibrahim, 45, to death over the theft of a car battery at Nato Park, Tin Can Island.
It was however discovered that the mob had lynched the wrong person as the stolen battery was found to be with one Yusuf Yahaya, who works around Tin Can Island First Gate, which is some distance away from the park.
Saturday Punch reports that the victim is one of the destitute people that passed the night on the premises where trucks are parked.
The incident, which occurred in the morning of Monday, January 7, 2019, was said to have been in response to an alarm raised by one of the truck drivers that his vehicle’s battery was missing.
A commercial motorcyclist said the drivers suspected Ibrahim and accosted him.
He said, “I was on my motorcycle, coming from Liverpool, Apapa that morning when I saw a crowd at the park. I moved closer and saw a man (Ibrahim) covered in blood. He had been beaten to a pulp. I asked people what happened and they told me he stole the battery of a truck.
“The man had lost his strength and he was almost dead. Passersby were afraid to take him to a hospital. I later left the scene for fear of being implicated.”
Salisu said about 30 minutes later, he went back to the scene and was told that some policemen had come to remove Ibrahim’s corpse.
“It was discovered that the battery was actually stolen by a young man called Yahaya. I learnt he worked around Tin Can First Gate,” the okada rider added.
Another eyewitness, who identified himself as Danladi, said the mob had dispersed the scene after noticing the man may die.
Chike Oti, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, while confirming the incident said six suspects, including Yahaya, had been arrested.
He said the victim’s corpse had been deposited at the Apapa General Hospital morgue for autopsy
He added that Edgal Imohimi, the state Commissioner of Police, had directed that the case be transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for thorough investigation.