Mob sets three suspected kidnappers ablaze in Abuja

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An angry mob has set ablaze three suspected kidnappers at Dutse Alhaji area in Abuja.

The victims, all men, were set on fire early Monday after locals saw a woman forced out of the vehicle by the men.


An official of the Vehicle Inspection Office, Aminu Umar, told NAN that the incident happened at about 8 am.

“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,” he said.

“From there, Okada riders (commercial 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 woman has been taken to Kubwa General Hospital for treatment.

Route Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Sylvanus Ekpenyong, said they were alerted of the incident while on duty at Dutse.


An eye witness, Aliyu Mohammed, a commercial motorcyclist, said it was the practice of kidnappers in Abuja to push victims out of their moving vehicle after carrying out their illegal act.

He, however, said that the incident would serve as a warning to all those involved in such activities within the territory.

Security officials have evacuated the corpses to a mortuary.