Mob Lynched Vigilante Member In Abuja Over Alleged Blasphemy

A vigilance group member was slain by a mob in Abuja’s Lugbe neighborhood for making a blasphemous speech.

According to reports, the heinous incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday while members of the vigilance group at the famed Timber Shed market at the Federal Housing Estate (FHA) Lugbe in Abuja were attempting to apprehend some people breaching the market.

Residents were said to have pleaded with the vigilantes to release them in the name of Allah, but one of the vigilantes allegedly kicked them and made blasphemous remarks.

It was gathered that one of the vigilante operatives insisted that even if “God comes down”, he will not release the person arrested to go home.

The comment provoked the other group, which regrouped and brought down the vigilante office to rescue their man.

The vigilante staff who insisted on not releasing the apprehended person were reportedly attacked, killed, and set ablaze by the group.

FCT Police Have Restored Normalcy In The Area

Security operatives were deployed to the scene of the incident at the time this report was filed in order to de-escalate tensions in the region and prevent retaliation attacks.

The Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigerian Police Force has announced that it is investigating a blasphemy killing that occurred on Saturday in Abuja’s Lugbe neighborhood.

This is as the law enforcement agency identified the victim as Ahmad Usman who was said to be a 30-year-old man.

On Saturday, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the development to our correspondent, adding that the inquiry into the killing has begun.

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.

“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”.

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