In a case of jungle justice taken too far, Olamide Omolede, a 22-year-old man, was Monday evening, killed by hoodlums in Badore, Ajah, Lagos, after he was wrongly accused of stealing a mobile phone.
It was gathered that following days of epileptic power supply in the community, Mr Omolede, 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 press time, arrived Mr. Omolede’s house with some hoodlums, alleging he stole her phone from the charging point. The hoodlums mauled him to death and threw his body into the lagoon.
A witness, Tunde Afolabi, disclosed that the deceased was first paraded half-naked to Iyalaye Store, where the alleged theft occurred. Afolabi said: “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 (yesterday).” 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.