Three Abuja kidnappers have been burnt to death by an angry mob in Abuja on Monday 30, September. The mob gathered after a woman in a moving vehicle along Dutse express was heard screaming for help according to Vehicle Inspection Officer, popularly called VIO, Aminu Umar, who related this to NAN.
“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,”.
The crime of kidnapping has rapidly increased in Nigeria over the years. Just recently some Abuja bound travellers on the Kotonkarfe area of Kogi state were killed by some suspected kidnappers on the Lokoja-Abuja Expressway. These armed kidnappers laid siege and opened fire on a vehicle coming from Pot Harcourt headed to Abuja.
The aggression of continued kidnap attacks on citizens of the country has exceeded the height where people can accommodate.
According to an eye witness who is also a motorcyclist, Aliyu Mohammed, the mob after discovering that they were kidnappers from what was described by the lady, burnt the suspected kidnappers to death to serve as a deterrence on any person involved in such gruesome acts.
Speaking on the incident, Sylvanus Ekpenyong, Route Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), said that his men were alerted of the event by some people while on duty at Dutse.
“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,” he said.