A 45 - year- old man , Yusuf Ibrahim, has lost his life in jungle justice after a mob lynched him over a car battery allegedly stolen at Nato Park , Tin Can Island, Apapa , Lagos .
It was later discovered that the battery was found with one Yusuf Yahaya , who works around Tin Can First Gate – some distance from the park.
Our correspondent learnt that the incident happened on Monday, January 7 , 2019, around 7. 30 am .
The victim was said to be one of the destitute people who sometimes passed the night on the premises, where trucks are parked .
It was gathered that when one of the truck drivers resumed duty that morning , he discovered that the battery of his vehicle was missing .
He raised the alarm and a search party was formed to fish out the perpetrator .
A commercial motorcyclist ( popularly known as okada rider ) in the area , who identified himself only as Salisu, told reported that some drivers suspected Ibrahim and accosted him .
He said , “I was on my motorcycle , coming from Liverpool , Apapa that morning when I saw a crowd at the park. I moved closer and saw a man ( Ibrahim) covered in blood . He had been beaten to a pulp. I asked people what happened and they told me he stole the battery of a truck .
“ The man had lost his strength and he was almost dead . Passersby were afraid to take him to a hospital . I later left the scene for fear of being implicated . ”
Salisu said about 30 minutes later , he went back to the scene and was told that some policemen had come to remove Ibrahim’ s corpse.
He said sadness overwhelmed him when he learnt that the battery was found with somebody else.
“ It was discovered that the battery was actually stolen by a young man called Yahaya. I learnt he worked around Tin Can First Gate ,” the
okada rider added .
Another eyewitness , who identified himself as Danladi , said entreaties by some people to stop the mob from lynching Ibrahim were rebuffed.
He said the mob dispersed the scene upon noticing that the victim was dying , adding that some suspects had been arrested by the police .