Olufalayi Obadare, a 45-year-old carpenter, has been killed by a mob who mistook him to be an armed robber at the Olujoda area of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
It was gathered that some youths, who saw the carpenter roaming the neighbourhood at about 5.00pm on Tuesday, thought he was one of the robbers troubling the area.
The youths reportedly descended on him and attacked him with deadly weapons until he died.
Yemi, wife of the deceased, said her husband, a father of three, left their home on Tuesday for the Olujoda area to meet a client.
She lamented that it was wrong for the youths to have mistaken her husband for a robber without verifying their suspicion.
She urged the police and other appropriate authorities to arrest and prosecute the culprits involved in her husband’s death.
“My husband told me that he was going to Olujoda to get a job,” she said.
“I was surprised when I heard he was killed because of suspicion that he was wandering around. The question to ask is – did they see any dangerous weapon on him? Why couldn’t they take him to the person who contracted him for the job to know his true identity?
“This is a gross injustice and the perpetrators must be brought to book.”
Sunday Abutu, the police command spokesperson, who confirmed the incident on Thursday, said investigations have begun into the matter.
Abutu, who noted that the remains of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue, added that some suspects have been apprehended in connection with the incident.