PHCN Official Stoned To Death In Ogun State
Peter Ayole, an auditor at the Abakaliki office of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, was granted leave.
The 52-year-old decided to travel down to Ogun State where his family is to spend qulaity time with them.
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 confectionery.
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.”
She explained that one of those in the building made a snide remark about the chartered accountant, telling him to stop disturbing their peace.
The late Peter reportedly became aggravated when he was called a “mad man” and threatened to continue hitting the roof.
“My husband continued hitting the roof when someone stoned him with something like a grinding stone, which hit him in the head. He fell and became unconscious.
“The workers at the site took him to a private facility in the area where he was confirmed dead. He was subsequently brought back to the site.
It was gathered that five suspects were arrested by the police for Peter’s death.
They were arraigned on Wednesday before an Ota Magistrate’s Court on two counts of manslaughter.
The magistrate, J.A. Akan, remanded the defendants in prison and adjourned the case till July 9, 2018.