How Lagos landlord, 3 others lynched mentally-challenged man

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By Moses Omorogieva

The police have explained how a landlord and three others lynched a mentally-challenged man Onireke area of Ojo Local Government of Lagos State.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest of the four suspects to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

Hundeyin pointed out that this was another sad case of jungle justice, wondering when people would learn not to take laws into their hands.

He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the victim left home without his caregivers, stressing that the occupants of the building he allegedly jumped into mistook him for a thief.

“The victim was mentally-challenged and they were taking care of him in his house. But on that particular day, his family members were not around and usually, when they were not around, they locked him in his room.

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“Somehow, he was able to get out of the room, walk around and scale the fence into somebody else’s premises. So, people took him for a robber, attacked him and beat him to a pulp.

“The police got there when they got wind of what was happening and took him to the hospital where he died on Sunday.

“The landlord, the security man and two other people have been arrested for the crime,” he said.

NAN had earlier gathered that the incident happened on Sunday when the victim allegedly jumped into a residential building at Onireke in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos.

It was further gathered that the victim was beaten by the residents of the building, who mistook him for a robber.

Sources told NAN that a relation of the victim, who had been looking for him, sighted him jumping into the compound and made effort to rescue him from the residents of the building before the police were invited to the scene. (NAN)

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