A 40-year-old Hausa trader, Ibrahim Adamu, has allegedly killed a 30-year-old bus driver, Lekan Adeleke.
Trouble started after the deceased reportedly bought noodles worth N230 from the suspect’s son on Sunday night and had paid N200 and promised to pay the balance of N30 the following day.
The suspect’s son, who purportedly did not buy the idea, was said to have reported to his father, Adamu, who became angry and attacked Adeleke the following day (Monday).
When Adeleke saw that he could no longer handle the situation, he took to his heels but the suspect followed him and hit him in the head with a spiked plank as he tried to jump a gutter. Adeleke fell and hit his head against the edge of the gutter and became unconscious.
Following the development, Adamu took him into his kiosk and started pouring water on his head. He was doing this when a large number of residents stormed the place. When he sighted them, he abandoned his victim and took to his heels. Speaking in Hausa while he took off, Adamu reportedly asked his son to flee in another direction.
The incident caused pandemonium in the area as some residents and friends of the deceased made a bonfire on the road.
They threatened to avenge the killing and consequently chased away Hausa traders in the community. Luck, however, ran out on Adamu as he was nabbed by the irate mob.
They were about carrying out jungle justice on him when policemen from the Igando division, led by the DPO, Olatunji Ajimuda, stormed the area. But for the intervention of the police, the suspect would have been lynched as they destroyed Adamu’s kiosk and set it on fire.
While some engaged in a riot, others rushed Adeleke to the hospital. He was said to have died later in the afternoon. The state PPRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the report adding that investigations were ongoing.