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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Jungle Justice: Vigilantes in trouble for beating man to death for allegedly stealing hair dryer

Jungle Justice: Vigilantes in trouble for beating man to death for allegedly stealing hair dryer

Two members of the Vigilante Service of Ogun State (VSO), Ismaila Jimoh (aka Bintin) and Hassan Olatunde, have been arrested in connection with the death of a 28-year-old businessman, Tayo Olatunbosun, Punchng reports.

They were said to have apprehended Olatunbosun in the Adiyan area of Ogun State on Saturday for allegedly stealing a hair dryer. They reportedly beat the businessman with charms and later took him to the Agbado Police Station around 10pm.

The police released Olatunbosun on bail. He was subsequently admitted to a hospital in the community, where he gave up the ghost on Sunday, prompting angry youths, who claimed the victim was returning from a party when he was arrested, to vandalize the VSO office.

The mob also reportedly set four motorcycles ablaze.  A resident, Bashiru Irewole, said residents were pained by Olatunbosun’s death, urging the state government to curtail the excesses of the vigilance group. .

He said, “Contrary to the stealing allegation, the man was returning from a party when members of the VSO stopped him. They seriously tortured him. He traded in accessories such as phones and laptops. He was not a thief. They just wasted his life.”

Another resident said there might have been a disagreement between Olatunbosun and the vigilantes prior to the incident. “I don’t think they beat him because he stole the dryer or not. They probably had a disagreement with him before now and they decided to deal with him,” he said.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects were being investigated for murder and would be charged to court afterwards. "Even if he was caught stealing, that does not mean he should be killed,” he said.

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