An angry mob on Monday in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, lynched one Babatunde Ajonileju, who was allegedly caught harvesting human faeces for what the people thought was for ritual purposes.
The lnyching took place at the Igirigiri area, but the victim was caught in the Matthew area of the town and taken around the town before jungle justice was meted out to him, an eye witness told the Punch.
But Other eyewitnesses said that the man, suspected to be a ritualist, was captured and killed for allegedly consuming the faeces.
They said the man was sighted by an unidentified elderly woman, who raised the alarm that prompted youths in the area to apprehend him.
Ajonileju reportedly told the mob that he was harvesting the faeces for some church leaders.
“That was why they took him to Okeyinmi, Matthew Street, Ijigbo and other areas of the town for confirmation before taking him to Odo Ado, where he was lynched. Nothing could be confirmed. The leader of the white garment church in Odo Ado is not in town. The man attempted to escape, but the pursuing mob caught up with him at the Red Roof junction,” an eyewitness narrated.
The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the incident, saying “From our investigation, the person’s name is Babatunde Ajoniloju. He was 29 years old. He was actually lynched to death by unknown mob at the Odua Odun area of Ado Ekiti for allegedly gathering faeces for ritual purposes.”
Mr. Ikechukwu however condemned the jungle justice.
It is not acceptable anywhere; what the people were supposed to do was to hand him over to the police for proper investigation.”