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Thugs beat man to death after stealing his phone

By Kayode Afolabi, Ore

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Pandemonium broke out in Ore, in Odigbo Local Government area of Ondo State at the weekend, as suspected thugs allegedly beat a middle-aged man identified as Jeremiah Alakija, to death.

The incident which happened at Ajegunle area has stirred emotions, as sympathizers lamented the death of the deceased.

An eyewitness who identified himself as Olorunsola, told our correspondent that the deceased died as a result of the serious beatings he got from the thugs over his stolen phone.

He narrated:”The deceased phone was stolen, and he took it upon himself to track the phone to know who stole the phone. In the process, he got to know that his stolen phone was with one Godwin who was a friend to the thugs.

“He called Godwin’s phone number to ask how he could get his stolen phone back, promising to pay him N5000. But he kept posting the deceased. So, the deceased informed his friend to assist him beg Godwin to return his phone.

“We were on the verge of settling the matter, when some thugs attacked us with harmful substances in their hands. We had to run for our dear lives, but they were able to lay their hands on the deceased and beat him mercilessly.”

He alleged that the attack was carried out on the instruction of a popular thug within the area.

“The deceased sustained serious injuries on his head and neck and was taken to a private hospital for treatment but was later referred to General Hospital in Ore where he later died.

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“We are taking the remains of the deceased to the parents of the alleged leader to express our grievances over the loss of our beloved,” he said.

The Hope Metro gathered that the matter has been reported at the police station in Ore.

Efforts to speak with the police proved abortive as at the time of filing the report.

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