A 41-year-old man was beaten to death in the palace of a traditional ruler in the Oshun Egbado, Age-Mowo, Morogbo area of Lagos.
Rotimi Thompson was beaten to death in the palace of the community’s traditional ruler.
The State Police Command has arrested one Ikechukwu Ewuji in connection with the killing
Ewuji’s house-help Michael Bulete confessed to stealing his missing motorcycle, mentioning
Thompson as the receiver of the alleged stolen motorcycle.
It was gathered that Ewuji and some of his friends went with Bulete in a car to Thompson’s wife’s shop in the Adadagun area of Mowo on Wednesday.
According to police, the men asked the woman to join them in the car and drove her to the baale’s palace where they called her husband to come to the palace.
Thompson came and was manhandled in the presence of the baale, so much so that he became weak and thirsty.
He was rushed to two different hospitals, where he was rejected, and was confirmed dead at the third hospital around 1am on Thursday.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident, said the police had launched a manhunt for the baale.
“One Rotimi Thompson aged 41, of Mosafejo Aradagun area, was reportedly beaten to
death in the compound of the baale of Oshun Egbado, Age-Mowo in Morogbo, by some youths over an allegation of receiving a stolen motorcycle,” he said.
“The scene of the incident was visited and photographed by detectives while the corpse was deposited in the Badagry General Hospital morgue for autopsy. One Ikechukwu Iwuji, who owns the motorcycle, his friend and the housekeeper have been arrested, while effort is being made to track down other fleeing suspects, including the baale.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has ordered that the baale and the other fleeing suspects be arrested. The command will not tolerate jungle justice in any way.”