A ‘mentally-deranged’ man suspected to be a kidnapper died after he jumped off a bridge in Molete area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital while trying to escape an angry mob that had set him ablaze.
It was gathered that the man was reportedly sighted receiving a package from unidentified persons in a private vehicle on the Molete overhead bridge on Tuesday, February 15.
An eyewitness told Nigerian Tribune that the suspect was accosted by a mob after the vehicle zoomed off, beaten and set ablaze.
He jumped down the flyover in an attempt to escape from the mob and died from injuries sustained.
The eyewitness who doesn’t want to be named, stated that some items recovered from the deceased prompted the attack on him by the mob.
The eyewitness listed the items to include N7 million cheque, iPhone and cutlass.
“I was in my shop under the bridge this afternoon when we suddenly saw the mentally-deranged man jump down from the bridge after he had been set ablaze by the mob. I didn’t know what transpired between them on the bridge but I saw him when he jumped down with fire burning on his body.
“The mob was seen pouring petrol on the victim while he was seen rolling in pain on the ground.
“I am not in support of jungle justice because we are not sure if anything suspicious was truly seen on him but the mob claimed a cheque of N7 million and iPhone was seen after searching his body.” the witness added.