The Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, of the Lagos State Police Command, has confirmed the lynching and killing of a man alleged to be engaged in motorbike theft in the state by commercial motorbike riders, popularly known as Okada riders.
An eyewitness told IsL source that the incident happened at Ara Junction along Agric Road, Egan in the Igando area of the state on Thursday morning.
Source further learned that the suspected criminal and his partner reportedly attacked an Okada rider in the area, injured him and stole his motorcycle.
However, a mob of Okada riders went after them and caught them. One of them was held hostage while the deceased was brutally beaten, leading to his death, IsL source, SaharaReporters gathered.
The eyewitness said, “A thief was gruesomely lynched to death by Hausa Okada riders at Egan, Igando. The thieves were two in number. They attacked a Hausa Okada rider in the early hours of Thursday and they successfully carted away his bike and eventually injured the okada rider.
“One was held to ransom and the group of the Hausas lynched him to death. His body was lifeless for hours before police came to evacuate his body.”
When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident saying the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.
He said, “From what people narrated, they claimed that he was a thief and they found him in their compound and they beat him, and by the time the police got there and took him to the hospital, he died.
“I’m going to get comprehensive details of what happened but I don’t have it yet.”