Angry mob at the Federal Housing Estate of Lugbe, a satellite town in Abuja have reportedly stoned and set ablaze a member of a vigilante group over alleged blasphemy.
The incident occurred on Saturday at about 1pm, when members of the local security network, guarding the Timber shed market of the estate were on the look out for those loitering the market in the early hours of the morning.
Some residents who were reportedly caught, pleaded to the operatives of the security outfit to release them in the name of Allah, but one of them responded with a blasphemous remark.
According to reports, the man was beaten and stoned before he was set ablaze.
Viral videos on the internet revealed how the victim struggled for his life as the fire engulfed his body while the mob cheered in the process.
FCT Police spokesman DSP Josephine Adeh confirmed the development. She said police have commenced investigation into what led to the incident.
Adeh, in a statement, explained: “Today 4th of June 2022 at about 13:00hrs, 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 (FCT) got into an argument with a Cleric (Malam) 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 (200).
“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.
“Normalcy has since been restored to the situation, while monitoring and surveillance of the area continues. Residents are therefore 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.
“The Commissioner of Police CP Babaji Sunday, while warning against the indiscriminate act of self-help in obtaining justice known as Jungle justice, stated that adequate sanctions will be meted on subscribers of what he described as crude and dastardly act.
Additionally, members of the public are urged to remain vigilant, eschew every form of disorderliness, and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the Police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, While the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.”