father bought him the car about three years ago and he had been in Lagos since then, using the car for Uber.”

The bereaved woman recalled that during Easter, Tope drove to the hometown.

“This was because his wife and children were with me, so he decided to come home to check on them.

When he came, his wife said they should return to Lagos but he said he wasn’t going back yet; he asked his wife to go to her mother’s place to spend some time with her and he would pick her up when he was going back to Lagos.

“Later, he said he didn’t want his child to be bitten by insects; his wife replied to him that there was no way she could pack the luggage when she alighted from a public bus in Ojota.

Then, he picked some of his child’s and wife’s clothes in the box and put them in his car to take them to Lagos.

“On Monday, we woke up and we called his phone number, but it was switched off. Later, I was called by his father, who was shouting his name. That was how I got to the scene of the incident.

“All I want from the government is justice. The government should help me to bring those people who deliberately killed my son to book. Someone said in the video that he was arrogant and that he could not even afford what my son was wearing. The case should be handled thoroughly.

They were saying he was a Yahoo boy because whenever they see a young guy with a big car, they believe he is a Yahoo boy.

“His father is rich; he has a big cocoa company in Akure with four trucks he uses for his cocoa business. The people around there that were saying he had an apartment he rented for some guys who were doing Yahoo for him are lying because he did not stay in Akure. He was based in Lagos and was an Uber driver. They were only saying that because they were envious. He was only a hustler, an Uber driver.”

The deceased’s wife, Mosunmola, also denied the allegation against her husband, saying “he (deceased) was an Uber driver in Lagos, not a ritualist.”

“You can confirm from his friend, known as Oba, who is in Lagos, they met through Uber driving,” she added.

The Ondo State Police Command confirmed the arrest of two of the perpetrators.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Funmilayo Odunlami, said, “Our men are already out to arrest more after which they would be charged.”


A legal practitioner, Mr. Ayo Alade, said there was a need for the government to urgently look into the issue of jungle justice in the country and re-orientate the people on the menace.

He said, “We are not in an animal kingdom; this kind of thing should not be happening where sane people are living. We have security agencies in the town; why didn’t they hand him over to the police and let the law take its full course if they suspected him to be a Yahoo boy? Apart from that, I was not at the scene of the incident but in all the videos I saw on the Internet, I didn’t see any incriminating fetish material they said they found in the car that warranted the lynching and destruction of the vehicle.”

A public affairs analyst, Mr. Isa Bahiru, blamed the police and the judicial system for losing the trust of the people.

According to him, people know that handing over suspected criminals to law enforcement agents may not yield any meaningful results as many suspects have been released without trial.

He said, “I totally detest jungle justice because in many cases, innocent souls always pay for it but the Nigerian people resort to jungle justice because they don’t have trust in our police. They know if the suspected criminals are handed over to the police, sooner or later, the criminals will be set free and justice won’t be achieved.

“All these can’t be happening in a sane clime. Let our government reform our police and our judicial system. If the police had arrived at the scene on time, the victim would have been rescued and if the people had trusted in the system, they wouldn’t have mobbed the victim. However, I will call on the police to fish out the perpetrators of the jungle justice.”