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How Bauchi vigilantes killed 300 level BASUG student at Mother’s prompting



Abdulsalam Ibrahim 21 years old, undergraduate students of political science, Bauchi State University, was brutally and extra-judicially killed by vigilantes (popularly known as Yan Committee) at Zango ward of Bauchi State.

Wikki Times reports that the deceased was killed when his mother, Aisha Ibrahim, reported him to the vigilante requesting them to discipline the young man on account of some domestic misdemeanor.

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Neighbours’ accounts suggest that the vigilantes exhausted their anger while punishing the 300 level student; an omen that sends him packing to the great beyond.

According to a close neighbour of the family, Mallam Adamu Ningi who spoke to our reporter, it was at the instance of the mother that the vigilantes took her son to their office and tortured the boy to death.

The Mother accused the son of pilfering her wrapper fabric that is estimated to cost less than 3000 Naira.

“It was a sad day for us, especially looking at the circumstance that led to the death of late Abdulsalam.

“Parents should always endeavour to settle matters at home.

“Taking your child to outsiders for disciplinary measures because of small mistakes is not a solution. Every household have their own peculiar domestic problems.

“I don’t think the mother will ever forgive herself for allowing her anger to make her take such irrational decision that has cost her family the loss of a promising young man,” Ningi said.

Another neighbour who pleaded anonymity also disclosed that even the mother is of questionable character.

“The mother is a crook, time without number she was caught shoplifting in markets.

“She shoplifts even bread in provision shops.

“Because of sheer wickedness, the vigilantes sent a message to her that due to the torture, her son has soiled his clothes with faeces.

“She did not even bother to go and see the level of the torture, but only sent another set of clothes for them.

“I don’t know why that woman is yet to be arrested,” the neighbour said.

Also, an eyewitness account of how the vigilantes tortured the victim has it that, the young man was hit on the head with a bamboo stick, his fingernails forcefully removed and beaten to a state of coma that he never woke up from.

It was also gathered that, the torture of the deceased happened in the presence of the Ward Head of Zango, a suburb within Bauchi metropolis.

WikkiTimes learnt that, the first member of the vigilante that hit the head of late Abdulsalam is the son of the ward head.

Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Bauchi State police command, DSP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said, it was a case of culpable homicide, saying that three suspects were apprehended.

“The principal suspect is one Adamu Babayo. The other 2 suspects are Sani Babayo and one Abubakar. One other suspect is still at large,” Wakil said.

Our correspondent called the phone number of the deceased’s sister, Amina for the family’s reaction over the incident, but the request was turned down, saying; “I am not competent to talk about the incident, but I will put you through to my father. He is in the bath room now.”

Second and third calls by our correspondent were rejected.

All efforts to contact the father of the boy, Alhaji Ibrahim, a driver with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University proved abortive.

Our correspondent reports that prior to the gruesome murder of the victim, there has been series of complaints on the modus operandi adopted by the vigilantes in carrying out their community policing. The general consensus is that the vigilantes (Yan Committee) seem to be carrying out jungle justice on their victims.

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