Mob batters recharge card thief

A man narrowly escaped death early Wednesday after an angry mob descended on him for allegedly trying to swindle a recharge card seller.

Some residents of the area prevailed on the angry mob, who eventually handed the suspected thief to the police at Bode Thomas Police Station.

An eye witness, Ayodeji Olayinka said that the man was “apprehended after trying to play a fast one on a lady who sells recharge cards at Bode Thomas area in Lagos. His attempt to steal recharge cards worth N44, 000 was foiled after the seller caught up with him while trying to run away.

“The middle aged man was caught in my office complex today claiming to a young lady selling recharge cards that he owns an office in the complex and one of the SUVs parked in the complex premises. He then, told the lady to bring all her recharge cards and told her to sit somewhere in the compound to calculate the total amount while he informs his secretary to bring her the money estimated to be around N44, 000.”

The eye witness added that, “He even sent the security guard to get him five pure water, that they needed satchets of water in the office. After, he climbed the stairs into the building, he returned and told the young lady to wait for his secretary for her money.

“Then, this same man advanced to the gate and jumped into a Keke Napep but luckily for the lady who was highly observant, she grabbed him by his shirt, pulled him off the keke and screamed for help.”

A source at the Bode Thomas Police Station, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the arrest of the man to Lagos Metro.