Police arrest 3 vigilante members over controversial death in Yobe

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Story from Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu

Three vigilante members have been arrested by the Yobe State Police Command after a man identified as Musa Baba was found dead in the vigilante group’s custody on Saturday.

According to residents, the victim, Musa Baba, was found dead inside a vigilante group’s cell in Potiskum local government area of the state.

The Yobe state police spokesperson, Dungus Abdulkarim, disclosed to newsmen that the arrest was made following a spate of extra-judicial killings and unlawful detainment of suspects for a considerable length of time by the vigilante group in Potiskum town.

Dungus said that Musa Baba was taken to the vigilante’s custody by his brother for alleged substance abuse, where he was detained for five days before his death on Saturday.

“The information received from the vigilante group is that the suspect committed suicide while in detention using a knife to slice his own neck.

“The police have arrested three vigilante members and have commenced an investigation into the matter to ascertain the truth of the matter.

“The investigation will focus on who kept the knife inside the vigilante’s custody that the suspect used in killing himself,” the police spokesperson said.

The police also said the vigilante group killed three suspected kidnappers in Murfa Kalam village, about 16 kilometres from Damaturu, the state’s capital.

Residents said the suspected kidnappers were killed following an attempt to kidnap one Alhaji Fulani after obtaining N4 million from him in his residence.

A source who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons said that the vigilante members mobilised and ambushed the kidnappers who were trying to run away with their victim. In the process, three of the kidnappers were killed and four others were arrested.

He further added that the four arrested suspects were handed over to soldiers.


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