Lagos was thrown into shock on Wednesday, November 16 at the news and accompanying pictures and video of a young boy who was burned in the metropolis for stealing garri.
However, since the news went viral on Wednesday, fresh facts have begun to emerge to show that the story was not really as it seemed.
The unidentified man was seriously beaten then burned by an irate mob.
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NAIJ.com gathered that contrary to reports that he was a 7-year-old boy, the yet-to-be-named person killed was a man in his early twenties but is of small stature to pass for a small boy
Also, the late man did not steal garri because he was hungry due to the harsh economic times as earlier reported. He stole a phone instead.
The late young man not only stole a phone but also reportedly stabbed someone in the process of doing the deed. It was this that really annoyed the crowd, we gathered.
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Those in the know said that the man was part of a criminal gang that specialized in robbing people in Alafia area of Orile in mainland Lagos.
The man’s gang reportedly caused the death of a 17-year-old boy some months ago after he was attacked for refusing to hand the gang his phone.
The police has also denied that any boy child was killed in Lagos. Abayomi Shogunle, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Complaint Response Unit (CRU) tweeted today, Thursday, November 17 that no boy was killed.
Report from Lagos Commissioner of @PoliceNG indicates that NO BOY CHILD WAS MOBBED/BURNT in Badagry or any part of the State as circulated
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) November 16, 2016
The force has however vowed to arrest those that committed the gruesome murder of the young man. It argued that nobody should take laws into their hands and perpetuate jungle justice.
Meanwhile, a young man arrested in the northern part of the country has denied being a terrorist as claimed by those who caught him.
In a video posted to Facebook by a user, the young man, who spoke in Hausa, said he was just an Almajiri and not a terrorist.