Angry mob lynch suspected kidnapper in Lagos


A man suspected to be a kidnapper has been lynched by an angry mob in Lagos.

Although the incident occurred at Coker bus stop, Orile Iganmu on Tuesday morning, the man who was beaten to a pulp died Wednesday.

It was learnt that the mob descended on the man after he was found with two school children who were crying.

Although no one could produce the children he allegedly abducted, the crowd stripped the man naked, hitting him with stones and sticks.

Having beaten the man to comma with his blood littering the ground, the crowd in a bit to set him ablaze, hung a tyre round his neck, while others took horrid photographs of the helpless man.

However, some passersby who disliked what was happening contacted the police and a team was sent to rescue the man.

The unconscious man was rushed to the hospital, The Nation learnt but he eventually passed on.

An eyewitness who posted some of the obscene pictures on social media stated that the man was almost dead when the police got to the scene.

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“He was unconscious. He was terribly beaten. They even scattered his head. The mob claimed that the man kidnapped two school children. No one knows the truth.

“I did not see any school kid around and so I can’t say if the man was a kidnapper. They were about to burn him when the police came and rescued him.

“He was rushed to the hospital but I heard that he died this morning (Wednesday),” said the source who gave his name as Blinkz Mick.

When contacted, the state command’s spokesman, Joseph Offor, a DSP, condemned the act of lawlessness displayed by the mob.

He stated that the man was not a kidnapper, adding that no one has come forward to say it was their children he attempted to abduct.

“Yes the man died in the hospital Wednesday. It is very unfortunate the way people take laws into their hands. The police could not identify the man because he was unconscious when he was rescued from the mob.

“They claimed he was a kidnapper but no one saw him with any hostage. No one has also come forward to claim he kidnapped their child.
“Investigation is ongoing in the matter and we will ensure that all those who participated in that man’s unfortunate death are brought to justice,” said Offor.


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