A 23-year-old security guard, Sunday Ezra has reportedly been beaten to death over a missing phone at the New Trafford Hotel and Suites in the Gwallameji area of Bauchi State.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 2am on Monday when some yet-to-be identified residents of the area descended on the deceased and beat him until he became unconscious.
Ezra was suspected to have stolen a mobile phone which got missing on the premises of the hotel. Despite maintaining his innocence, the crowd continued beating him with the aim of extracting a confession about the phone from him.
During the beating, Ezra was said to have slumped and lost consciousness, while the missing phone was later found by a corps member, who found it where the owner, who is a staff of the hotel, misplaced it.
A source and a neighbour to the deceased, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that Ezra sustained fractures on his left arm and right leg as well as injuries to his face.
He added that the deceased was stripped and abandoned in a hut on the hotel premises until the security guard, who was to relieve him, saw him in that state and quickly alerted their security outsourcing firm.
“The security company sent its supervisor, who came to the place and when he saw Ezra’s condition, he informed his grandmother and she called me.
“We went to the Yelwa Divisional Police Station and made a report, but the police personnel said we should go and bring him.
“We went and conveyed him to the station in a tricycle and from there, we rushed him to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital around 2pm and medical officials pronounced him dead around 3.15pm.
“What surprised us was how they dumped him in that place for several hours without anyone taking him to the hospital until his colleague came.
“He sustained fractures in some parts of his body. It was while the doctor was trying to pass the drip to him that we noticed that he had stopped breathing.”
A police source confirmed that the incident, described as a culpable homicide, was reported at the Yelwa Police Division. The source added that the police has swung into action to investigate the incident.
The police source added that though some arrests have been made, efforts were on to get all those involved in the matter arrested after which all those found culpable will be prosecuted.