Mob Lynches Innocent Man Over Stolen Battery

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A 45-year-old man, Yusuf Ibrahim, has been lynched by a mob after he was wrongfully accused of stealing a car battery at Nato Park, Tin Can Island, Apapa, Lagos.

The stolen battery was however, found with one Yusuf Yahaya, who works around Tin Can First Gate – some distance from the park.

It was gathered that the incident occurred on Monday, January 7, 2019, around 7.30am, when one of the truck drivers in the area resumed duty and discovered that the battery of his vehicle was missing.

He was said to have raised the alarm and a search party was formed to fish out the perpetrator.

A commercial motorcyclist identified only as Salisu, told Saturday PUNCH that some drivers suspected and accosted Ibrahim, said to be one of the destitute people who sometimes passed the night on the premises, where trucks are parked. 

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.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident saying six suspects, including Yahaya, had been arrested.

Oti stated that the command frowned on mob justice and urged people to desist from the dastardly act.

“A team of detectives was swiftly dispatched to the scene upon receiving the distress call. It was found out that the deceased was wrongly alleged to have stolen a truck battery, which was later found with one Yusuf Yahaya. The victim’s corpse has been evacuated to the Apapa General Hospital morgue for autopsy. However, the said Yusuf Yahaya and five other suspects that carried out the jungle justice on the deceased have been arrested.”

Oti said the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had directed that the case be transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for thorough investigation.

“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded,” he added.

 

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