Angry Mob Lynch Suspected Ritualist In Niger State (Photos)

An angry mob descended heavily on suspected ritualist identified as Sani in Lapai town, the headquarters of Lapai Local Government Area in Niger State.

It was gathered from reports that the tragic incident unfolded on Friday, August 18, at approximately 1 pm.

Sources familiar with the incident Said Sani was caught by the mob while in the company of two young girls.

In a swift and violent response, the mob set him ablaze on the spot, eyewitness Abdullahi Yahaya said, adding that a community grappling with fear and a perceived lack of justice.

He stated:

“There have been several reported cases of missing children in Lapai town in the last one year. Some children were later found alive while some were killed for ritual. Residents felt that each time they caught the suspects and handed them over to security agencies, they later find them on the street after a few days. That was what prompted the mob action.”

The incident has been confirmed by the Niger State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun,

According to him, the suspect had been accused of stealing a baby from the burial ground area in Lapai.

He said at this point, police operatives received information about the incident and dispatched a team to the scene, but by the time they arrived, the mob had already burnt the suspect alive.

The police spokesperson said;

“On the receipt of the information, DPO Lapai mobilised and led a patrol team to the scene, but before the police arrived at the scene, an irate mob armed with cutlasses and other weapons had beaten the suspect to a coma and set him ablaze. Efforts were made to put out the fire and rescue him. Unfortunately, he was burnt beyond recognition, while the body was later evacuated to the General Hospital in Lapai.”

Angry Mob Lynch Suspected Ritualist In Niger State (Photos)
Angry Mob Lynch Suspected Ritualist In Niger State (Photos)

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