Mob lynches young man over missing TV set in Otukpo, Benue


A young man identified as Okibe Otsapa has been reportedly lynched by an angry mob over a missing television set in Otukpo, Benue State.

It was gathered that the deceased was accused of stealing a television set from a beer joint in Otukpo, Benue state.

This was contained in a petition by Napoleon Chambers to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun.

The petition fingered one Mr Owoicho George Adama, popularly called Owie Banker, over alleged involvement in the murder of Otsapa.

According to the petition, “Our Clients informed us that Mr. Owoicho George Adama (A.K.A OWIE BANKER) (the suspect) has a beer parlor joint in Otukpo, Benue State. On the 25th April, 2024, the suspect alleged that Mr. Okibe Otsapa stole his television set from the beer parlor joint.

“The suspect alleged that he invoked his “magical bible” to detect the person that stole his television set and the “magical bible” turned towards the position of Mr Okibe Otsapa and therefore it was Okibe who stole his television set.”

The chambers further stated that the suspect summoned Mr. Okibe Otsapa to his beer parlor joint and beat him to death along with many hoodlums loyal to him, boasting that he trusted the judgment of his “magical bible.”

“Upon the gruesome murder of Mr. Okibe Otsapa, we were further briefed that the suspect has been boasting on the streets of Otukpo that he trusted the infallible judgment of his “magical bible” and that he had succeeded in eliminating Mr. Okibe Otsapa and that nobody can challenge him.

“He openly bragged of his iron-cast connections with high profile politicians in Benue State. He stated that his politician friends would always protect him against any arrest.”

Meanwhile, the senator representing Benue South Senatorial District and Senate Minority Leader, Comrade Abba Moro, condemned the killing of Ochapa.

Senator Moro in a statement by his media aide, Emmanuel Eche’Ofun John, condemned, “in its entirety, jungle justice, which is becoming a recurring decimal in the land, he enjoins his people to stop taking laws in their own hands and hand over suspects to the relevant security agents.

“The senator sympathizes with the family and friends of the victim, he appeals to them to remain calm and allow the police to properly investigate the incident with a view to bringing to book those behind the act.”

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