Irate Youths Set Houses, Shops Ablaze Over Alleged Blasphemy In Bauchi LG

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Irate youths in Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State have set houses and shops ablaze, injuring people over what they say is a blasphemous message.

Spokesperson of the Bauchi Police Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said in a statement on Saturday that the youths “set six houses and seven shops ablaze, while some scores of persons were injured as a result of a blasphemous message posted on social media”.

According to him, the message was posted by one Rhoda Jatau a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department of Warji Local Government.

In reaction to the violence which he said happened at about 5:45 pm on Friday, Mohammed said, “The Police have since deployed all Tactical Teams, Mobile Police Force and Rapid Response Squad (RRS) whose joint efforts brought the situation under control.

“The area is calm for now, while visibility Patrols are ongoing to keep the peace.”

The incident has led to tension in the state, but the police urged people to be calm.

The Police Commissioner in the state appealed to the general public to be calm and go about their lawful business without fear of intimidation as normalcy has been restored to the affected area.

“The Command would like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards, particularly youths,” Mohammed said.

“The Commissioner of Police also urged Religious Leaders, Community Leaders, and Elders generally to always speak to youths to desist from anything that could temper with the security of their areas.”

The full extent of the damage and those affected have not fully been ascertained by the authorities.

A source in Warji said three people were shot and injured with Dane guns during the violence.

The violence in Bauchi is coming with the country yet to resolve the case of Deborah Samuel, the 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, who was killed by a mob after being accused of blasphemy.

Deborah’s case sparked outrage, drew condemnation, led to the arrest and arraignment of two suspects, a violent protest (targeted at the Catholic Church in Sokoto) by youths asking for the release of those arrested and the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on the state by the government.

The curfew was only lifted on Friday, some eight days after the killing. All forms of processions remain banned in Sokoto.

 

Mob Sets Suspect Ablaze For Stealing In Edo

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An irate mob has set a robbery suspect ablaze in Auchi, the headquarters of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.

Police authorities in the state confirmed the incident in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Kontongs Bello, on Saturday in Benin City, the state capital.

However, they did not disclose the identity of the suspect or the date of the incident. Angered by the action of the mob, the Commissioner of Police in Edo, Abutu Yaro, ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

He described the killing of the suspect as a barbaric and dehumanising act of jungle justice by youths masquerading as vigilantes in Auchi.

“The Commissioner of Police while reacting to the ugly incident, frowned at the action of the vigilantes, who instead of taking the suspect to the police for proper investigation and prosecution, aided the irate mob to burn the suspect allegedly arrested for stealing to death without any recourse to the law,” said the statement.

“CP Abutu Yaro, fdc who described the act as barbaric and inimical to the law governing our dear country, warned Edo State indigenes that the command under his watch will not allow disgruntled elements in the society to take laws into their hands by killing suspects arrested for alleged crimes in such a dehumanising and unlawful manner.”

The police commissioner also warned that nobody has the right to treat suspects in such a manner, adding that it was wrong for anyone to assume the position of a law enforcement agency.

According to him, suspects apprehended in connection with any crime should be immediately handed over to the police or any law enforcement agency constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting such persons.

Yaro, however, appealed to the residents to be calm, saying the command was already mopping up those responsible for the killing for possible prosecution.

Mob Razes Sokoto Commissioner’s Home, Destroys District Head’s Properties

Some of the properties destroyed at the district head’s residence.

 

A mob has razed the residence of the Sokoto State Commissioner of Career and Security Affairs, Colonel Garba Moyi.

The house, located in Isa Local Government Area of the North West State, was burned down on Tuesday.

Sokoto Police Command Public Relations Officer Sanusi Abubakar confirmed the attack on Wednesday, explaining that arrests have also been made following the incident.

While narrating how the incident took place, the police spokesman said a peaceful gathering was organised by some residents of the area to discuss the way forward over security issues.

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The gathering, according to Abubakar, was organised in good faith and resolutions were to be forwarded to appropriate quarters for further action.

A Toyota car (right) was damaged when the mob attacked the district head’s residence.

 

However, he said some bad elements hijacked it for a protest that went violent, leading to the unfortunate incident.

Sources in the area said after torching the commissioner’s home, the youths also stormed the residence of the District Head and Sarkin Gobir of Isa, Nasiru Ahmed, destroying vehicles and other items.

The attackers had earlier razed a commissioner’s residence.

 

Meanwhile, the Sokoto State Commissioner of Police Kamaludeen Okunola has ordered a full scale investigation to ensure those involved are prosecuted. He also warned residents of the state against taking laws into their hands.

Mob Sets Truck Ablaze For Killing Motorcycle Rider, Passenger

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An angry crowd has set a truck ablaze following an accident that led to the death of two persons in Ogun State.

The incident occurred along the Ibeshe Road in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

Sources said the truck had veered off its lane and faced an oncoming motorcycle before it crushed both the rider and the passenger to death.

The spokesman for the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Saturday in Abeokuta, the state capital.

He noted that an angry mob descended on the truck and set it ablaze while the driver of the vehicle took to his heels.

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“It took the intervention of the police and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to calm the angry mob,” said Akinbiyi, adding that “The case is being handled by the Dangote Plant Police Post.”

He disclosed that the body of one of the victims was deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital in Ilaro while the other victim has been buried by the family members.

The TRACE spokesman condoled with the families of the victims over the loss and warned motorists, especially truck drivers against reckless and dangerous driving.

He stressed that this was important to reduce avoidable crashes and deaths on all roads in the state.

Suspected Armed Robber Mobbed To Death In Ondo

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A suspected armed robber named Emmanuel who has been terrorising the residents of Ayede-Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State has been mobbed to death.

It was gathered that the suspect who had been convicted earlier had been on the watch list of residents of the town after he was released, returned and continued his nefarious activities.

However, the suspect met his waterloo on Sunday when he was trying to escape with four motorcycles he had snatched from their owners but the truck being used to convey them broke down.

He was caught and the residents mobbed him, beating him up mercilessly.

The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday via a telephone conversation, noting that the suspect had been badly injured before the police arrived at the scene.

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According to Ikoro, the suspect died before getting to the hospital.

Ikoro frowned at the jungle justice done against the suspect, adding that the police is presently investigating the incident.

In a related development, the pastor of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Otamayomi Ogedengbe has been released.

The pastor was abducted last week right in his church premises in Irese community, near Akure, the state capital.

The abductors had reached out to the family of the victim, demanding for a sum of 30 million naira as ransom to secure his release.

A member his church who confirmed the pastor’s release under a condition of anonymity did not disclose whether a ransom was paid before the abductors released the pastor.

When contacted, the police spokesman said that he is yet to be informed that the pastor has been released.

Police Arrest Suspected Rapist In Ondo

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A middle-aged man caught by a mob for raping and plucking out the eyes of his victim has been apprehended by the police in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Channels Television gathered that the incident happened in the Oluwatuyi area of the city.

According to an eyewitness account, it took the intervention of policemen that stopped the mob from killing the rapist, who is said to be from the northern part of the country.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident via a telephone chat on Wednesday.

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He disclosed that both the rapist and his victim have been admitted to the Police Hospital in Akure for treatment.

Alleged Robbery: Mob Set Two Ablaze In Ibadan

Scene of the violence in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

 

A mob on Monday set two persons ablaze over alleged robbery at Molete and Oke-Ado areas of Ibadan.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state Gbenga Fadeyi confirmed the incident to Channels Television adding that one other person was injured by the mob.

He noted, however, that the reason for this act is yet to be unraveled and an investigation has been launched into the matter.

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Fadeyi confirmed that “Two persons were set ablaze by angry mob both at  Molete and Oke-Ado areas of Ibadan today 28/12/2020 at about 0900 hrs, while one other was rescued by Amotekun team, handed to the Police and treated at the Police Clinic Eleyele.”

He, therefore, warned against jungle justice in any part of the state noting that the trend is worrisome and must be checked to avoid killing of innocent people.

The police spokesman warned that act of jungle justice is condemned in strong terms as this has become a recurring decimal in the state.

He added that the Commissioner of Police Chuck Enwonwu has also warned those that are taking laws into their hands to stop forthwith or face the full wrath of the law.

Man Beaten Up, Set Ablaze Over Motorcycle Theft In Ibadan

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A suspected robber has been beaten up and set ablaze by an angry crowd in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The police authorities confirmed that the incident occurred at about 7:30 on Friday morning at the 110 Roundabout area of Odo-Ona in Ibadan.

They noted that the suspect and his accomplice, both said to be hoodlums, robbed a commercial rider of his motorcycle at the Olomi area and took to their heels.

However, luck ran out on the two men and they were caught up at 110 Roundabout area by other riders who were on their trail.

Shortly after catching up with the suspects, the crowd descended on them before the arrival of security operatives and unleash mayhem on them.

While one of the suspects managed to flee the scene, the other was beaten to stupor and set ablaze thereafter.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Joe Enwonwu, condemned the action of the crowd and warned against a reoccurrence.

According to him, the act of jungle justice has been common lately among commercial motorcycle riders and other groups and it is important for them to take the warning seriously to prevent the situation from degenerating beyond control.

The police commissioner stressed that suspects were supposed to be handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution to allow dignity in the society.

Mobs Kill Four After Tanzanian Girl Is Murdered

 

Enraged Tanzanian villagers beat to death four people suspected of involvement in the murder of a seven-year-old girl, a regional governor said Sunday.

The body of Rachael Malekela was discovered on Friday, making her the latest victim in a spate of apparent ritualistic murders that has claimed about a dozen children in Tanzania’s southern Njombe district since the start of the year.

“Following Rachael’s murder, angry residents separately attacked and killed four people suspected of being involved in the murder, Christopher Olesendeka, governor of the Njombe province told a public meeting.

Police are searching for those who committed the killings on Saturday, Olesendeka said.

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Local Tanzanian authorities believe the children are being killed for their bodyparts to be used in superstitious rites. The killers systematically remove the victims’ genitals, ears, and tongues.

At Rachael’s funeral on Saturday, district chief Ruth Msafiri said a specialised police unit had been deployed to Njombe to solve the string of child murders that has alarmed the entire country.

A statement issued by 25 Tanzanian organisations, meanwhile, urged compatriots to give up dangerous traditional beliefs.

“We call upon the government to reinforce control over activities by traditional healers and to punish those behind human rights violations,” the organisations added.

In recent years, Tanzania had been singled out for assaults on albinos, but a joint campaign by authorities and religious groups has sharply reduced the number of such attacks.

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Mob Kills Three Suspected Of Stealing Children In Ecuador

Residents of the town look at a burning taxi set on fire by a violent mob that lynched -during an unclear incident- two men and a woman whom they accuse of stealing children and were traveling on it, police authorities informed, at Posorja, Ecuador on October 16, 2018.
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A mob in Ecuador killed three people mistakenly suspected of stealing children, police said on Tuesday.

Officials said those three were not in fact accused of such a crime but rather had been arrested on suspicion of stealing money and cell phones.

When they were brought to a police station in the southwest town of Posorja, a crowd outside overpowered officers and beat the detainees to death with rocks and sticks. Footage of the attack circulated on social media.

The mob also burned a taxi and six motorcycles. Three police were injured.

Police at the station tried in vain to convince the mob that the suspects were not accused of abducting children.

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Mob Beat Five To Death In India

 

Indian police said Monday they have arrested 23 people after five men were bludgeoned to death by a crazed mob in yet another horrific lynching to rock the country.

Local media estimate more than 25 people have been killed in recent months in similar cases sparked by false rumours spread on smartphones of child kidnapping or allegations of thievery or sexual harassment.

The latest incident saw eight men set upon in Dhule district, 330 kilometres (205 miles) from India’s financial capital Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra on Sunday.

Police said the attack began after locals spotted one of the eight talking to a child after they disembarked from a bus near the village of Rainpada.

“They were confronted by the locals who had gathered at the Sunday market after suspecting them to be child kidnappers,” Dhule police chief M Ramkumar told AFP.

Three of them escaped but five were dragged to the village council office and beaten to death with sticks and blunt objects.

Police said they identified the alleged attackers from a video shot during the assault. Another dozen suspects were still on the run, they added.

Those killed were from Solapur district of the same state but some 450 kilometres away.

The current spate of lynchings started in May last year in eastern Jharkhand state after rumours on WhatsApp about child kidnappers led to the lynching of six men.

The rumours have since resurfaced, with attacks reported in at least 11 states.

The attacks — usually targeting outsiders — have left authorities scrambling to mount an effective response, with awareness campaigns and public alerts having a limited effect.

Last week a “rumour buster” official tasked with alerting the public to such hoaxes was lynched by a mob in the remote northeastern state of Tripura.

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Afghan Court Quashes Farkhunda Mob Killing Death Sentences

farkhundaJustice for Farkhunda, a young woman killed by a mob in Kabul, may not be in sight soon as an appeal court in Afghanistan quashed the death sentences imposed on four men who took part in the act.

Eight people, including policemen, were given jail terms and four sentenced to death, but after an appeal, the keeper of the shrine who incited the mob was acquitted.

Women activists were outraged about the decision, which was taken in a secret hearing.

One of the activists, Wasjima Frogh, condemned the judgment in strong terms, insisting that the trial was a scam.

”Farkhunda was killed because she was a woman,” she said, claiming the judges have treated her case lightly.

In Afghanistan, “not only the Taliban, but the whole system is oppressing women”, she added.

Farkhunda was stoned, run over by a car and then burnt to death for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran.