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Mob lynch father of three mistaken for robber in Ekiti

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…Deceased family cries for justice

Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti

An angry mob, on Wednesday, beat to death a 45-year-old father of three and a Carpenter, Mr. Olufalayi Obadare, at Olujoda Area of Ado- Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

A witness confirmed that the deceased was allegedly killed around 5:00p.m when some youths in the area, who suspected him for a robber, descended on him for roaming the streets in a suspicious manner.

The late Obadare, who lived with his family on llawe Road, in Ado-Ekiti, was allegedly clubbed and attacked with other deadly weapons making him to pass into a state of coma before finally giving up the ghost.

Investigation revealed that the Olujoda area has been under consistent attack by robbers in recent times, which must have prompted the youths to take such a far reaching action.

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Narrating how the incident occurred, the deceased’s wife, Yemi, said her husband told her of a contract he just secured at Olujoda area, lamenting that it was wrong for the youths to have mistaken him for a robber without proper verification.

The bereaved bemoaned the harrowing death of her husband and demanded for justice for the country to be at peace.

Her words, “My husband told me that he was going to Olujoda to get a contract. I was greatly surprised when I heard he was killed because of suspicion that he was wandering around.

“The question to ask is that, did they see any dangerous weapon on him? Why couldn’t they take him to the person who contracted him for the job to know his true identity? This was a gross injustice and the perpetrators must be brought to book.”

A relative of the deceased, Mrs. Omowumi ldowu, said she was shocked when notified that her brother, who suffered a slight malaria a few days back, had been killed.

“When I was told, I initially had the  impression that he died of the ailment he complained about few days back, but I was shocked  to hear that he was beaten to death by some people.

“When we spoke on phone, he informed me that he was going to secure a job at Olujoda area on the faithful day without knowing that it would be his end.”

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She called on the police command to get into the root of the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, when contacted, said investigations had commenced into the matter.

Abutu said the remains of the deceased had been deposited in the mortuary, while some people have been apprehended by police, in connection with the incident.