3 suspected kidnappers in an one-chance bus, recently at the Dutse Alhaji area in Abuja, were set on fire by a mob after an attempt to kidnap a young female. The suspects were reported to be three young men while the female victim was rushed for treatment at the Kubwa General Hospital.
Mr. Aminu Umar, a VIO officer, at the scene of the incident, informed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident occurred at 8 a.m. when the female victim was screaming for help inside a moving car.
Three suspected kidnappers met their demise as a mob set them on fire in Abuja
“The lady was suddenly pushed out of the vehicle while screaming. A motorist, who saw what had happened, pulled over in front of the vehicle and blocked it under the Dutse Bridge. From there, Okada riders (motorcyclists) surrounded the vehicle and told them to come out. They asked them if the vehicle was one chance (kidnappers) and the next thing, they started beating them and eventually put fire on them and the vehicle,”
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FRSC Route Commander, Mr. Sylvanus Ekpenyong, made it known that his men on duty were quickly alerted of the incident by some people at Dutse. He said:
“We were at Dutse junction and we got information that there was traffic building up before the Dutse Bridge because a vehicle was on fire. We rushed down there to clear the road only to see three dead burnt bodies and a burnt vehicle. When we made inquiries from eyewitnesses, they said it was one chance (kidnappers). So we are here to ensure free traffic flow of vehicles but we don’t know the exact group of people who burnt them,”
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Mr. Aliyu Mohammed, a motorcyclist and eye witness, disclosed that the suspects were attacked and burnt by angry motorcyclists as it was seemingly true they were kidnappers. He said these kidnappers in Abuja have a regular strategy of pushing out their victims out of moving cars after they must have executed their criminal activities.
Mohammed however revealed that what happened to those kidnappers would send a strong message to those perpetuating such evil activities within Abuja.
The bodies of the suspects were taken by security agents on ground to a nearby mortuary, in order to ensure free flow of traffic in the area.