A suspected armed robber has been lynched by an angry mob for allegedly robbing a unisex salon on Governors Road in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.
@official_otblogger gathered that the suspect was part of a three-man gang that attacked the salon around 11am on Saturday and dispossessed both workers and customers of their valuables.
The hoodlums, while escaping from the area, were chased by residents after the victims raised the alarm.
A resident, Felix Olayiwola, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday, said the robbers shot into the air to scare the swelling crowd.
He said, “I was washing my car close to the scene of the incident when I saw people rushing towards the place and saying that a robbery was going on there.
“All of a sudden, I heard a gunshot. That was when three guys came out and stole two motorcycles at the White House Junction of Governors Road. While they were on the motorcycles, a vehicle hit them and one of them fell off.
“The one that fell was immediately mobbed by residents and lynched. The two others navigated their way out of the area but were caught by some people who trailed them after the robbery.”
Another member of the community, Yusuf Olalekan, said the escapees were brought back to the scene with their hands tied, as residents resisted the police from taking them away.
“The police later left, mobilised more of their men and came back to take the robbers away. A worker at the salon was injured. A bullet fired by the robbers grazed the back of his neck, but he has been treated,” he added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.
He said, “There were three armed robbers. One was lynched and two were apprehended.”
Meanwhile, a commercial motorcyclist, Success Etuhu, has died in an accident at the Magboro end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.
Etuhu died on Friday in a hospital where he was rushed to after the accident happened on Thursday.
According to his colleague, Moses Sunday, the victim was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle.
Sunday said, “He was trying to cross from one lane to another when he was hit by a vehicle. His injury was much; he died the following day at the hospital he was rushed to.”
He noted that the incident happened barely a week after the deceased was excited by the return of traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, due to the ongoing reconstruction of the road.
“He said the situation meant that Okada riders would make more money. I have since warned others against the danger of plying the expressway,” Sunday added.
In November 2022, two motorcycle riders were crushed by a car at the Arepo end of the expressway.
The spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State, Florence Okpe, noted that one person died in the accident.
When asked what the agency was doing to stop bikes from plying one-way on the road, she said , “If you check the Warewa section of the road, you will see policemen and FRSC officials controlling traffic and stopping the one-way movement. However, it’s getting out of hand as people are not obeying traffic laws.”