A suspected ritualist in Lapai, Niger state, was set on fire by a mob in an incident that took place on a Friday afternoon, just before the Jumma’t prayer. The individual, identified as Dule Sakon Kano, was in possession of two children and confessed under mob interrogation that he had been involved in this activity for some time.
He admitted to supplying stolen children to someone referred to as their “master” in the area. There had been ongoing cases of children disappearing within and outside Lapai town for several months.
The suspect was apprehended while attempting to transport two young girls, aged four and five, to an undisclosed location. These children had been sent on an errand around 1:30 pm on Friday, shortly before the Friday Prayers.
“The suspect before being set ablaze had admitted to have committed the crime and that he was on his way to deliver the two children to his agent,” an eyewitness told newsmen on the phone.
“The angered residents had to take laws into their hands following unabated disappearances of children from the area in recent times and without any arrest by the enforcement agents.
“The suspect took to his heel when the people discovered his mission and was apprehended along Government Girls Secondary School,(GGSS) along burial ground road and he was dragged on the road to the centre of Lapai town where he was eventually burnt to ashes,” the eye witness further narrated.
He mentioned that by the time the Lapai Police arrived at the location, the suspect’s body had already been completely consumed by the fire, making it unidentifiable, and the mob had scattered from the area.
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