The Lagos State Police Command has launched a manhunt for the Baale of Odumade/Solumade Phase 2, Igbogbo/Bayeku, Ikorodu, Safarudeen Odumade. Odumade is being hunted by the police for allegedly beating a truck pusher, identified as Abdullahi Mohammed, to a coma.
The traditional ruler was said to have summoned the victim after he passed his palace, and failed to pay obeisance to him as demanded by culture. PUNCH Metro gathered that Mohammed, however, ignored the Baale and continued with his journey. He was said to have pursued the victim and beaten him to stupor.
The younger brother of the Baale, who is also reported to have fled the area, was allegedly joined in beating the victim till he passed out. A resident, Bisi Odunuga, said Hausa friends of the victim threatened a showdown with the Baale before the intervention of a police officer. The resident said a policeman, who was repairing his vehicle by the roadside, decided to make peace and urged that Mohammed should be taken to a hospital for treatment.
By Thursday, news filtered in that the victim was dead, prompting his friends to mobilise and unleash havoc on the Baale’s office, which was under construction. The men, who were armed, reportedly chanted solidarity songs as they threatened war.
The situation almost degenerated into an ethnic clash, but for the intervention of policemen from the Igbogbo division who dispersed the rioters. But it was later discovered that Mohammed was alive.