An angry mob of protesters have in their large numbers burnt one Ahmed Bello, a Vehicle Inspector Officer (VIO) in Mariga Local Government Area of the Niger state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adamu Usman, made this known in a statement obtained by this news platform on Friday, October 4.
According to him, “On Oct. 3, at about 13:30 hours three Fulani youths namely Malami Mohammed, Juli Musa and Dawa Ali of Oro village of Mariga Local Government Area riding on an unregistered Bajaj motorcycle were stopped by the Vehicle Inspection Officer but refused to stop.
”They were chased by the VIO and they ran into a moving trailer with registration No. FKJ 512 XW that was coming from Tegina- Kampani Bobi area. All of them were crushed by the trailer and died on the spot.
“On realising what he did, the deceased VIO ran towards Kampani Bobi Police outstation for safety. Unfortunately, he was pursued by irate mob and lynched,” the Commissioner said in the statement.
The commissioner said normalcy wasbeing restored to the village as reinforcement from Kontagora Division had since been drafted to the village.
The Commissioner warned members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands as anybody found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
“We will not tolerate any act capable of bringing confusion to the state as concrete security measures has since being put in place to guarantee peaceful coexistence among residents.”