Security agencies have reported the killing of a man, his wife, and son by a mob in Zangon Aya community in Igabi Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
Samuel Aruwan, the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, disclosed this in a statement issued in Kaduna on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
According to the report, Abdullahi Mohammed Gobirawa, his wife Binta Abdullahi and his son Hassan Abdullahi, were killed when a mob stormed their home on Monday afternoon.
The mob action was in response to the trio’s suspected collaboration with terrorists locally called ‘bandits,’ especially in relation to recent kidnappings in the area.
After killing the trio, the mob looted and burnt their home.
Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, according to the statement expressed his “sadness and deep worry at the violent actions of the citizens, and strongly condemned the extrajudicial 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.
Kaduna State’s third quarter security report presented by Aruwan at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House last week revealed that Igabi LGA recorded 29 deaths due to terrorism in the last three months.
In addition, 106 people were kidnapped in the local government alone as against 830 in the entire state.
The security report showed that one of the major avenues through which terrorists get sources of revenue is by recruiting informants who manage businesses on behalf of the terrorists. Another method is through purchase of commercial motorcycles and vehicles for informants.
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