The suspected female ritualist, simply known as Toyin, who was rescued from being lynched by an angry mob after being apprehended during an alleged attempt to abduct an eight-month-old baby in Lagos State’s Ebute-Metta area, has died in hospital.
SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the development to our correspondent on Thursday.
Toyin, he said, was hospitalised at the Federal Medical Center in Ebute-Meta after being badly burned by the angry mob that caught her engaging in the illegal act.
“The lady died in the hospital,” said Hundeyin.
According to the report, the suspect entered the private residence of a relative of the baby’s mother in search of her husband, Akeem.
After being informed that her husband was not on the premises and subsequently advised to leave, Toyin left the building but lurked around the area.
Upon realising that the only adult with the children had left, she went back into the building and was said to have attempted stealing a baby.
An 11-year-old girl, who was in the company of the children, prevented her and raised the alarm, causing residents of the community to apprehend Toyin.
The suspect was taken under the bridge in the Ijora area, where angry residents allegedly attempted to lynch her but the police later intervened and took her away.
Hundeyin had said Toyin sustained severe burns during the attack and was hospitalised.