Defence & Security

Police confirm identity of victim stoned dead, lynched by zealots

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has said that it is investigating the killing of a young man by Islamic fanatics for alleged blasphemy weekend in the Lugbe area of Abuja.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the development to newsmen, pledging that it would soon arrest the perpetrators.

Adeh identified the victim as Ahmad Usman, a 30-year-old man who is said to be a vigilante.

She said, “Normalcy has since been restored to the area concerning the situation while monitoring, and surveillance of the area continues.

“Residents are, however, urged to go about their lawful duties without fear or apprehension of any kind from any quarters as discrete investigation continues to unravel facts surrounding the ugly incident and to effect the arrest of the perpetrators therein.

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“We understand that one Ahmad Usman a 30years old member of the local vigilante around Tippa garage at Federal Housing Estate in Lugbe Area of the Federal Capital Territory got into an argument with a Cleric (Mallam) whose name is yet unknown from the same area.

“The heated argument degenerated into an outbreak of violence that led to the murder and setting ablaze of Ahmad Usman by the enraged mob mobilized by the clergy numbering about two hundred.

“Upon the receipt of this information, a quick intervention team comprising of the Surveillance and Ambush team of the Command attached to the Lugbe Divisional Police Headquarters was drafted to the scene where the enflamed victim was rescued suffering severe degrees of burn and taken immediately to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by a Doctor on call.”

The Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, who also spoke to newsmen, warned against the indiscriminate resort to jungle justice.

“We are outrightly against jungle justice. The law is against it, and adequate sanctions will be meted on subscribers of this crude and dastardly act,” he said.

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