The victim was reportedly tortured to death by the men, identified as Felix Sunday, Shomuye Musa and Oluwatobi Michael, who were arrested on Wednesday.
The incident happened in a hotel at Iyana Iyesi, Onipanu, Ota, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Thursday, said the suspects were arrested following a report by the deceased’s sister, Bola George, at the Onipanu divisional police headquarters.
The PPRO added that George claimed that her brother was alleged to have stolen an iPhone 6 at the Keke Hotel, Iyana-Iyesi, Ota, adding that he was tied with a rope and tortured.
Oyeyemi said, “Having realised that the victim was about giving up the ghost, the suspects quickly rushed him to a hospital. But before they got to the hospital, the victim had kicked the bucket.
“Upon the report, the Onipanu DPO, CSP Bamidele Job, mobilised his men and moved to the scene, where two of the suspects were apprehended, while the remaining one was arrested in the hotel where the incident happened.
“On interrogation, the suspects informed the police that they strongly suspected the deceased as the person who stole the iPhone 6, and in order to recover the said phone from him, they decided to torture him, not knowing that it would result in his death.
“The corpse of the victim has been deposited in the general hospital mortuary, Ota, for an autopsy.”