Mob lynches man, wife and son accused of being bandit informants in Kaduna

Three suspected bandit informants have been lynched by a mob in Zangon Aya community, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The victims identified as Abdullahi Mohammed Gobirawa, his wife Binta Abdullahi and his son Hassan Abdullahi, were killed when a mob stormed their home on Monday afternoon, October 25. 

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday October 26, said the mob action was in response to the trio’s suspected collaboration with bandits, especially in relation to recent kidnappings in the area.

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Aruwan added that after killing the family members, the mob also looted and burnt their home.

Receiving the reports, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed his sadness and deep worry at the violent actions of the citizens, and strongly condemned the extra-judicial killings.

He stressed that lawful means alone should be adopted in confronting suspicions of criminality, as the destructive practice of self-help would only result in greater harm.

The Governor directed security agencies to conduct thorough investigations into the incident, and urged citizens to maintain order. He cautioned against stereotyping of any sort, and appealed for consistent recourse to the constituted agencies.

Investigations into the incident are in progress, the Commissioner added. 

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