On Monday, Yahaya Mohammed, a vigilante, was paraded by the Niger State police command for allegedly murdering a commercial motorbike rider and taking away his motorcycle.
Mohammed was shown with 37 other individuals who were purportedly engaged in several illicit undertakings.
Before bringing the accused to court, command spokesperson Abiodun Wasiu stated that an investigation was still underway to work out the specifics of the crime.
“In the Shabalile district of Mokwa, police got reports of a dead person in a pool of blood with a cut throat. Following their mobilization, police officers under the command of DPO Mokwa Division removed the body to the hospital morgue.
“A Bajaj motorbike thought to have been stolen from the dead was found during the course of the inquiry on February 10, 2023, at about 11:30 a.m. from an incomplete structure in Mokwa. Additionally, Usman Yahaya Muhammad, a 20-year-old resident of Kinboku-Kudu village in Mokwa, was taken into custody as a result of the investigation.
“During questioning, the suspect admitted to the incident and said that he stopped the motorbike rider and killed him with a machete while traveling to Eppa Village.
“He fled with the motorbike, leaving the corpse behind. SCID Minna is looking into a case,” Wasiu stated.
The spokesperson announced that the defendant would be charged with culpable homicide following the inquiry.
Mohammed, who admitted to the act, sobbed that he did not know why he did it and that he did not want to die when he was chatting with newsmen.
In a separate incident, Wasiu reported that the police learned that two individuals, one identified as Fatima Mohammed and the other as unknown, had been spotted at an Ibeto motor park. Both individuals had been found in possession of an AK-47 rifle, fourteen rounds of live ammunition, and two magazines.
As a result, local vigilantes and police officers from the Ibeto Police outpost moved to the location. Unfortunately, an enraged mob killed the unidentified individual and the aforementioned Fatima Mohammed by lynching them before the police squad arrived.
The AK-47 weapon containing live ammo was found, nonetheless, while the bodies were being transported to Ibeto General Hospital. An investigation is underway.
The police also said that on October 1st, while conducting a regular stop and search along the Kontagora-Lagos route, police operatives assigned to ‘B’ Division Kontagora discovered a sack bag that a passenger had left behind.
As soon as the patrol unit was spotted, the suspect fled quickly. Two dane guns and one locally made AK-47 rifle were found when the luggage was inspected. The pursuit of the evading suspect is being increased,” he stated.