Angry Traders Chop Off Robbery Suspect’s Hand In Lagos
One of the hoodlums who attacked some traders under the Iganmu bridge in Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, on Saturday, January 21, 2023, had his hand chopped off by an irate mob while fleeing from the scene.
Five other suspected gang members were arrested by policemen attached to the Badia Division.
The fleeing suspect’s severed wrist and various charms were recovered by the police.
Eyewitnesses said the hoodlums numbering over 20 stormed under the bridge when some traders had closed for the day. The armed hoodlums reportedly dispossessed their victims of cash and other valuables.
One of the traders, who simply gave his name as Salisu, explained that “they came by 7.30pm when most of the traders had left.
The attack lasted about 30 minutes. When they heard that the Police were coming, they fled the scene with their loot, heading towards Ajeromi Primary School, within the neighbourhood.
“But one of them was captured by the irate mob, beaten mercilessly, and his left hand severed as he managed to escape from the scene before the arrival of the police.
“When the Police arrived, we told them the direction the hoodlums went. They chased them and apprehended five of them.
The suspects, according to Police sources, had been on their wanted list over their alleged involvement in the destruction of the Orile Police Station during the #Endsars crisis two years ago.
The suspect whose wrist was severed was identified by others members as Sodeeq, when he was brought to the station.
Tragic: Mob Lynches Oyo Motor Park Boss, Jamiu Sego, Over Billboard Placement
One of the leaders of the Park Management System in Ibarapa Central Local Government Area of Oyo State, Jamiu Sego, has been reportedly killed and his corpse set ablaze by angry youths in Igboora, for allegedly destroying billboards of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the area.
The PUNCH reports that the PMS chairman in the state, Lamidi Mukaila, popularly called Auxiliary was arraigned, alongside six others, now at large, before a Chief Magistrate on Thursday, November 17, 2022, for destroying billboards of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Investigations by our correspondent, however, revealed that the incident which happened on Saturday also claimed the life of a teenager, who was hit by a stray bullet while two others sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
Meanwhile, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC in Ibarapa Central and North local governments, Adesina Adeyemo, has denied the report.
He said the party was not involved in any crisis at the weekend as the issue was between government agent and an Okada rider in the area.
He said, “The event happened around a market place and that is where the guy was killed. The guy in question used to collect rate for the Oyo State Government. He used to collect rate from motorcyclists and it was in the process of forcing one of the motorcyclists to pay the rate on Saturday that an argument ensued between them.
“And in the process, the guy (deceased) brought out a gun attempting to shoot him (Okada man). As he was dragging the gun with him, the stray bullet hit a small boy that was moving around. The child died. The death of the boy triggered the people’s anger around to run after him as he was about running away. They beat him mercilessly, killed and set his corpse ablaze.”
Also denying the report, the PMS said the deceased had never been a member of the PMS while alive.
A statement by the PMS Public Relations Officer in the state, Emiola Jelili, described it as false and a part of malicious attempt by agents of darkness to continually smear the image of the body and its leaders.
“As regards the news reports flying around about the death of one Jamiu Sego, who was killed and burnt to death yesterday morning at Igboora, linking the deceased to the Park Management System, it has become necessary for us as an organisation to come out and debunk such reports by unverified news outlets as false and a part of the malicious attempt by agents of darkness to continually smear the image of the body and its leaders.
“We state in clear terms that Jamiu was never a member of the PMS and neither did he head any unit in the PMS while alive.
“We have already distanced ourselves from the destruction of billboards and defacing posters of politicians, in fact, we already stated that members of the PMS have been charged with the responsibility of protecting every billboard erected in the state as we believe in the principles of democracy and level-playing field.
“Finally, we call on the police and other security operatives to carry out a thorough investigation so as to fish out those involved in the killing and lynching of the deceased,” the statement added.
As of press time, all efforts to get reactions or confirmation from the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso, were not successful as his mobile phone number was not reachable.