A middle-aged man was roasted alive by an angry mob for allegedly stealing a phone said to be about N45,000 in Mushin area of Lagos.
It was gathered that the lone thief reportedly entered an apartment at 19 Olorunshogu Street, Mushin, where he collected the phone and sneaked out at about 6.30pm.
Vanguard reported that luck ran out on him when a female tenant who saw him with the Samsung Galaxy phone raised alarm which alerted residents of the area.
Eye witnesses said that the suspect initially denied the allegation, stating rather that he lost his way. He later admitted, blaming his indulgence on hunger.
His passionate plea for forgiveness fell on deaf ears as he was beaten to a pulp and set ablaze before the arrival of policemen from Area 'D' command.
Spokesman for the Lagos State Police command, Olarinde Famous-Cole, who confirmed the incident, said that one person had been arrested in connection with the mob action.
He gave the identity of the arrested suspect as Isiaka Kolawole, adding that he was being interrogated at the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. SCIID, Yaba.
He said: "Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased was accused of stealing a galaxy phone from a house, in Mushin. An angry mob lynched him."