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Theft: UI first class graduate beaten to death over bread

Opuofoni Freeborn Ebimotimi, a first-class graduate of the University of Ibadan, was murdered by an angry mob after he was accused of stealing bread.

Ebimotimi, a student of business administration, was reportedly killed early on Sunday at Honeyhill Tombia in Bayelsa State, according to Peoples’ 93.1FM in Yenagoa.

Ebimotimi, a native of the Korokorosei community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government area, is accused of robbing a local resident who runs a small business.

When an alert went off, an enraged crowd attacked Ebimotimi.

His younger sister, Idisemi Opuofoni Freeborn said neighbors and friends who saw the incident rushed to the scene of the actions and pleaded with the angry youths to allow him to live, promising to pay for the bread in double folds, but the angry youths declined the plea and killed him.

According to Idisemi, life has been unfair to them since the demise of their father, adding that hunger led him to steal bread.

She said:

“We are seven in our family and life has been hard after our father died. I wrote WAEC since 2019 and has not been able to proceed to the University because of funds.”

She however pointed out that despite having uncles who are doing well in government and other places but could not help them.

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