Ritualist escapes lynching for attempted child theft


A middle-aged man(pictured) was beaten black and blue last Saturday in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State after he was caught stealing a three-year-old child.

The suspect who is currently languishing in police cell narrowly escaped being lynched after his failed attempt, The Nation reports.

One of the women, who caught him said she suspected he was a ritualist.

“I noticed the way he was trying to lure the child with a piece of biscuit. At a point, he carried the child and made to hurry out of the place. Seeing that if left alone without watching him, I may not see him again, I quickly alerted two other women and asked them look for the mother of the child.

“When the woman (mother) arrived at Agbe Road in Abule Egba, she found her child in the hands of a total stranger and raised the alarm,” said the woman.

She added: “Within some few minutes, people started gathering. All efforts for them to know why he carried the child and attempted to go failed. He was silent. So, the crowd became angry and started punching him. Some people even attempted to break his head with empty bottles, but two men who held the man made it impossible for them to use broken bottles on him.”

Another source, said the suspect was given the beating of his life.

The irate crowd was said to have dragged him to a nearby police station from where he was transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at Panti, Yaba, Lagos Mainland.

Source: The Nation

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