A young man, who attempted to steal a fan from a branch of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Onifade Town, Ayobo area of Ogun State in the early hours of yesterday, was arrested by some members of the church.
The suspect, who gave his name as Dele, told the mob that paraded him naked and almost lynched him that he stole the fan because he needed money to buy gari, rice and palm oil.
Dele was said to have walked into the church, unplugged one of the standing fans from a wall socket and took it away.
However, one of the church workers, who had gone to clean the auditorium that morning sighted the suspect coming out with the fan.
When the church worker asked to know where the suspect was taking the item to, the latter took to his heels, consequent upon which an alarm was raised.
The suspect, as gathered, attempted to board two commercial motorcycles with a view to escaping from the scene, but the motorcyclists failed him.
The third motorcyclist, rather than take him away from the mob, held him until he was caught.
In the course of interrogation by the angry mob, Dele said he came from Kaka area of Ayobo, pleading to be pardoned.
The suspect said in pidgin English, “I wan use the money buy yam, gari, rice and palm oil for house because I dey hungry.”
He was, however, stripped naked and forced to carry the stolen fan on his head. He would have been lynched but for the intervention of some church members.