Two persons were saved from being lynched by an angry mob at the Oshodi area of Lagos state after a group of people descended on them for being in possession of a dead child.
The police PPRO in Lagos, Benjamin Hundeyin made this disclosure in Lagos yesterday.
Investigation into the matter reveals that the child fell ill at midnight and died before his family members could rush him to a hospital for treatment.
Following the child’s death, his family members decided to convey his corpse to their hometown in Ikwo village, Ebonyi State, for burial.
The family members, consisting of the deceased’s father and a yet-to-be-identified relative, while carrying the corpse went to a terminal in Oshodi to purchase bus tickets for the journey.
However, a Passersby who noticed that one of them was carrying a dead child chose to alert other people at the scene and they descended on the two of them.
Some people were said to have alerted the Makonde Police Station, from where policemen were detailed to intervene in the matter.
The policemen reportedly rescued the two men and during investigation, it was revealed that the deceased child was fathered by one of the assaulted victims.
The child’s mother was later contacted and she confirmed the development.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the incident, said the corpse had been deposited in a mortuary.
He said, “ We heard that they were lynching somebody and we went there, protected the father and a relative from being lynched and took the corpse of the child to a mortuary.”