The graphic footage of a young boy, who was beaten and burned to death in Lagos state, has stirred outrage and reactions within the social media community, as Nigerians are demanding for the immediate prosecution of his killers.
While reports remain conflicting as to the crime he committed and what he actually stole, the uncompromising grip of jungle justice, however, descended on the young lad, who was said to be a seven-year-old, in the morning of Wednesday, November 16.
A source who witnessed the scene said he was caught while trying to break into a shop where food stuff are sold in the early hours of Tuesday.
This is even as another eyewitness claimed that he was caught while trying to steal people’s phones and money at Orile-Iganmu and not garri (staple commodity) as speculated.
Others maintained that the child was not the thief but only attempted to stop three hoodlums, who later fled.
It remains unclear where the incident occurred and what led to the mob action, but what is clear is that this boy was seen with blood gushing out of his head as his attackers meted jungle justice on him.
Seven-year-old lynched in Lagos. Image too gory [Twitter]After beating him up mercilessly, a tyre was forced through his head and he was burnt to death, despite pleas by many to hand him over to the police since he had not actually committed the crime.
The outrage and outcry sandwiched in curiosity from Nigerians led to the state police weighing in with information on the incident.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Shogunle, who is the officer in charge of the Complaints Response Unit (CRU), at the Force headquarters, Abuja, took to his Twitter handle to clarify that the person that was killed was a man and not a boy, and that his corpse is currently in the mortuary for autopsy with investigation ongoing.
When contacted, the command’s spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said:
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