Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Angry Mob Sets Alleged Thief Ablaze in Gwagwalada

A suspected motorcycle thief was on Wednesday evening set ablaze by angry mob after he was accused of stealing a motorcycle at Anguwar Dodo, near SDP junction in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

The deceased was said to have been burnt to death by the mob.

A witness said the incident happened at about 4:12 pm when a motorcycle belonging to a middle-aged man was allegedly stolen by the deceased as the owner went to a Mosque to observe Asr prayer.

The witness alleged that the suspect was attempting to escape but was trailed to Anguwar Dodo area of the town by some passers-by, mostly okada riders, who had earlier raised alarm on the incident.

"The okada men chased and flagged him down at Anguwar Dodo area, after which some people immediately came with petrol and poured it on him before setting him on fire," he said.

Our reporter learnt that the incident, which happened close to an over-head bridge at Anugwar Dodo, attracted many people especially other commercial motorcyclists, who came to have a glimpse of the suspected thief.

City News further learnt that before the arrival of policemen to rescue the suspect, he had already been burnt to death and the corpse was taken to the police station in the area.

Gwagwalada Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Tony Okon, declined comments on the incident but a police officer at the station, who craved anonymity, confirmed the incident, saying the corpse of the suspect has been deposited at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital morgue.

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