Residents Stone Power Firm Official to Death in Ogun
Some residents of Ota-Idiroko, in the Ota area of Ogun State, have been arrested by the police for allegedly stoning to death an official of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Peter Ayole.The 52-year-old was said to be an auditor at the Abakaliki, Ebonyi State office of the company.
The victim, who was said to be on leave, had reportedly decided to spend the leave with his wife and children at their house in the Ota area.PUNCH Metro learnt that Peter had a disagreement with some neighbours, at another site belonging to him, over generator fumes.
He was reportedly protesting the alleged refusal of the neighbours to turn off the generator when he was stoned to death.
His widow, Oluwafunmilayo Ayole, explained that the incident happened on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
She said, “We were together at home that morning when he said he was going to our site to see how the plumbers were doing. We had had some people coming to ask us that they needed rooms for rent.
“Not up to 30 minutes after he left, I got a call that my husband had fallen after he was stoned. The site is just a stone’s throw from our house, so I got there in no time. I saw that he had been laid on a plank, lifeless. I asked what happened and I was told that he was stoned by some people who sold confectionary beside the construction site.
“I learnt that when he arrived there, he met the plumbers idle. The plumbers told him they could not work because of the fumes from the generator of the neighbours who were selling confectionary. My husband had complained to me several times about them before and all his appeals to them to shift their generator house were abortive.
“So, he picked a stick and climbed three blocks beside the toilet under construction. He started hitting the roof of their building with the stick and calling them to turn off their generator.”