According to Punch Metro, Community youths were said to have attacked
one Taofeek Sodiq, who had a disagreement with the victim earlier that
The youths were about lynching the suspect when policemen from the Alagbado division rescued him.
Punch Metro gathered that the suspect had sent his son on an errand with
N500. The 10-year-old was said to have been defrauded by a man who sat
in the front of Shotunde’s locked shop.
The boy’s father reportedly accused Shotunde of colluding with the
fraudster, insisting on getting back the N500. Sodiq, in the heat of
argument, allegedly told the deceased, “You will not live to open your
shop tomorrow, if my money is not returned.”
A resident, Owolabi Daod, explained that within three hours, the victim slumped and died.
He said, “Around 10am on Sunday, a man sat in the front of Lukmon’s
shop. Another man, who lives in the community, sent his 10-year-old son
on an errand with N500.
“But the man in the front of Lukmon’s shop called the boy and asked him
to bring the N500 that he would double it for him. The boy foolishly
gave him the money and the man absconded.
“A resident, who saw the boy sitting in front of the shop, asked him
what he was waiting for. It was at that point the boy knew he had been
scammed.” Daod said the boy’s father, upon learning the news, confronted
Shotunde and accused him of colluding with the fraudster.
The 22-year-old, who denied the allegation, reportedly asked for a
description of the fraudster. He was said to have called one of his
friends who fitted the boy’s description; but the boy said he was not
The boy’s father reportedly resorted to threats, insisting that he must recover the money.
“The man came out with a friend and said if he didn’t get his money
back, Lukmon will not live to open his shop the next day. We thought it
was all over.
“Lukmon was walking back to his shop when he suddenly collapsed. We
rushed him to a private hospital where he was confirmed dead,” Daod
Punch Metro gathered that residents trooped to the suspect’s house and
dragged him out. They were said to have beaten him and were about
lynching him when the matter was reported at the police station.
“The police prevented jungle justice on Sunday. A police team had to
stay in the community for more than six hours,” a source said. It was
learnt that the victim’s father fought off efforts by the police to
recover his corpse.
One of Shotunde’s friends, Ayeni Tosin, said he was buried at his
father’s residence in Ijoko, Sango, around 11pm on Sunday, Tosin who
described his friend as easy-going and gentle, said he was not sick
prior to the incident.
Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said it was a case of sudden and unnatural death.
She said, “The victim’s father reported that the suspect threatened his
son that he would not live to open his shop the next day. After three
hours, the deceased slumped and died.
“A joint team of patrol vehicles moved to the scene to remove the body
to suppress further tension, but the victim’s father resisted the action
of the police on the ground that he wanted to bury his son according to
Islamic rites. Investigation is ongoing.”