By MARCEL MBAMALU
IT took the intervention of the men and officers of the Ajao Estate, Isolo police station to save two foreign Exchange (forex) fraudsters from being clubbed to death by okada riders at the weekend.
The suspects, who arrived in a Honda Accord saloon car, at the Haji Camp Burea de Change located near NA Bust Stop, along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, had allegedly defrauded an operator of the sum of N1.550,000 after handing him fake $10,000 bills.
The operator reportedly raised the alarm when the suspects sped off immediately the money (the Naira equivalent) was handed over to them, prompting Okada riders within the area to initiate a chase that ended up along the streets of Ajao Estate.
Confused and decelerated by the labyrinth of bad roads around the Estate, the thieves were eventually cornered and beaten to pulp by hundreds of okada riders and residents, before being rescued and taken into custody by a patrol team of the Ajao Estate Police Station.
Not even the several gunshots from the patrol team could disperse the people, who were bent on taking out their anger on the two middle-aged men. The okada riders, who inflicted serious damage on the car, also scrambled for and helped themselves with an undisclosed amount removed from the car.
The mob followed the suspects to the police station insisting on getting jungle justice until a series of gunshots kept them in check.
At the police station, one of the suspects, who gave his name as Shedrack, denied the allegation, saying he was a genuine customer but decided to run for dear life after the operator branded him a thief.
The operator (name withheld) said the fraud was a recurring event at the Hajj Camp Burea de Change.