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Youths mistake father of three for armed robber, beat him to death in Ekiti


Ado Ekiti [File Photo]

A mob have reportedly beaten to death a 45-year-old father-of-three on suspicion of being an armed robbery.

WuzupNigeria gathered that Olufalayi Obadare, a carpenter, was lynched by the angry mob at Olujoda Area of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State around 5pm on Wednesday.

Residents claimed the area had recently witnessed several robbery attacks.

It was further gathered that Obadare, who lived with his family at Ilawe road, Ado Ekiti, was at the area to finalise details of a contract he recently secured. However, youths in the area accused him of wandering, suspected him of being a robber and attacked with other weapons until he went into a coma.

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The wife of the deceased, Yemi, pleaded with the police to bring perpetrators to book.

“My husband told me that he was going to Olujoda to get a contract. I was greatly surprised when I heard he was killed because of suspicion that he was wandering around,” she said in a Daily Post report.

“The question to ask is that, did they see any dangerous weapon on him? Why couldn’t they take him to the person who contracted him for the job to know his true identity? This was a gross injustice and the perpetrators must be brought to book”.

One of the deceased’s relatives, Mrs.Omowunmi Idowu, said she was shocked when notified that her brother, who suffered slight malaria a few days back, has been killed.

“When I was told, I initially had the impression that he died of the ailment he complained about a few days back, but I was shocked to hear that he was beaten to death by some people.

“When we spoke on the telephone, he informed me that he was going to secure a job at Olujoda area on that day without knowing that it would be his end”.

She called on the police command to get into the root of the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Sunday Abutu, when contacted, said investigations have commenced into the matter.

Abutu said the remains of the deceased had been deposited in the morgue, while some people have been apprehended by police, in connection with the incident.