A 24-year-old commercial motorcyclist, identified as Ilemobayo Anjorin was beaten to death by an angry mob for allegedly stealing a goat in the Palmgroove area of Akure, the Ondo State capital.
It was reported by Punch that the deceased, who was said to be a chieftain of one of the branches of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria in the town, together with his friend, were caught with the goat on Saturday, May 21, and while the friend managed to escape, Ilemobayo Anjorin was brutalised by a hot-blooded mob on the street who were said to be mostly students of the Adeyemi College of Education, before he was rescued by the policemen who took him to a hospital in the town, where he gave up the ghost.
An eyewitness disclosed that the mob followed the policemen to the hospital where the doctor confirmed that the alleged thief had given up the ghost.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Enuowa Police Station, Ondo, Mr. Kunle Omisakin, confirmed the report saying the woman who was the owner of the alleged stolen goat had been arrested while investigation into the matter had started. He also made it known that information concerning the incident had been forwarded to the appropriate quarters at the police command headquarters in Akure.
Muyideen Olamoyegun, a human rights activist, adviced the people to stay away from taking laws into their own hands, but instead, report such cases to the appropriate authorities. The activist stated that all issues relating to criminal activities should be reported to the police and other security agencies, rather than for the people to engage themselves in extra-judicial killings.
Stealing by all standards is wrong. But if a man who steals a goat which may worth between N20, 000 to N3o,000 depending on the size, is killed, one can only wonder the punishment that should be reserved for those who are found guilty of stealing millions of dollars from our national purse.