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Sachet water hawker escapes lynching for breaking truck’s windscreen over N50

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The broken windscreen. PHOTOS: SUNDAY AKINLOLU

A sachet water hawker was nearly lynched by truck boys in the Apapa area of Lagos State yesterday when some group of boys descended on the young lady mistakenly breaking a truck’s windscreen after pelting stones at the truck boys to escape being harassed. The shoving and beating lasted nearly an hour before the girl was rescued from the hands of her attackers.

According to an eyewitness at the scene, a food vendor simply called Mummy Angela, the boys had earlier bought sachet water from the girl and told her to come later for her money that their boss was not around, which the girl accepted.

“Later in the afternoon when the girl showed up, the boys were teasing and playing with her, but she insisted that she was not there to play but for business. The play turned into harassment with some of the boys trying to grope her. To break free from their clutch, she picked a stone to throw at one of them but the stone missed its target and smashed at the windscreen of the container-laden truck nearby.”

   
But one of the truck boys, named Wasiu, said they bought ‘pure water’ worth N50 from her and told her to come later. When she returned, she was given N500 to return N450 balance. “The girl just turns everything upside down, saying there is no change and she will not leave until she collects her money. She then folded the boy’s cloth and started calling him a thief. The next thing she did was to just pick a stone and smashed the windscreen.” 
   
The motor boy of the truck the lady smashed was weeping profusely at the scene, saying “Because of change, she started fighting me and then broke my oga’s windscreen. It is a lie that I was touching her.”

The lady admitted that she sold water to them and was back to collect her money. “When I came, all they were doing was to be playing and molesting me, and I don’t like people touching me like that. I warned them I don’t like it and they continued. That was what got me angry and resulted in the broken screen.”

She said during the beating, one of the boys stole her phone containing her phone and money.

Meanwhile, a yet-to-be-identified young lady on Thursday escaped lynching by an irate mob over alleged snatching of manhood of three men in a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus at Onipanu Bus Stop in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who monitored the incident, reports that the young lady escaped death as the mob and BRT passengers pounced on her over the allegation.

An eyewitness and passenger in the bus, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that a man suddenly raised the alarm that his manhood had disappeared immediately after the young lady touched him in the bus. She added that two other men standing close to the first man almost immediately raised the same alarm, after feeling their organs. The eyewitness added that the bus driver had to take all the occupants of the bus to Onipanu Police Station to report the incident.

Speaking to NAN at the police station, an unidentified police officer, confirmed the incident and said that the police were on top of the situation.

AN reports that the three affected men were taken to undisclosed hospital for confirmation of their claims.


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