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Man thrown into lagoon for false phone theft



… Another remanded for raping 14-yr-old girl

IN a fit of rage, a 22-year-old man named Olamide Omolede was killed by an irate mob in Badore-Ajah area of Lagos metropolis for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.

But no sooner had the hoodlums finished killing Omolede and throwing his dead body into the lagoon that it dawned on them that their victim was wrongly accused of stealing the telephone set.

Narrating the incident in anguish, the victim’s father said that following days of epileptic power supply in the community, his son who was also a tricycle rider went to a nearby store to charge his handset for a fee. He did not stay for long in the store before leaving for their house. But after some minutes, an unidentified woman came to Omolede’s house with some hoodlums, alleging that he stole her phone where it was charging.

Every effort to intervene by the victim’s father fell on deaf ears as the hoodlums mauled him to death before throwing his body into the nearby lagoon.

An eyewitness said that the deceased was first paraded half-naked to Iyalaye Store where the alleged theft occurred. But the phone which was reported to have been stolen by him was later found with the son of the woman who had accused Omolede of stealing it.

In a related development, an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, yesterday remanded a 65-year-old security guard, Alilu Abubakar, in Kirikiri prison over a two-count rape charge for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl.

The accused resides at Red Gate House, Opposite LASU, Ojo in Lagos.

According to police prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, the offence contravenes Sections 261 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 adding that Abubakar committed the offence at an uncompleted building near his residence on June 27.

Chief Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered the police to return the case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice before adjourning the case until August 26 pending the DPP’s advice.

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