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FCT police arrest fifteen over blasphemy accusation, killing of man in Lugbe

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THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said fifteen people had been arrested for allegedly killing a security man, Ahmad Usman, by a mob in Lugbe.

This was contained in a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, who said efforts were being made to bring the other perpetrators to book.


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“The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has arrested fifteen (15) suspects in connection with the violence and killing of the late Ahmad Usman, a member of a vigilante group, in the Lugbe area of the FCT on June 4, 2022. The arrest of the suspects followed ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident and circumstances that led to the killing of the 30-year-old Usman.

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“The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Babaji Sunday, has assured that the Command would get to the root of the matter and bring all the perpetrators to book. The Commissioner, while calling for calm, reiterated that justice would be served in the matter,” Adeh said.

A mob had burnt Usman to death at the Federal Housing area of Lugbe last Saturday.

A post on Twitter said the deceased was beaten before he was burnt for making statements interpreted as blasphemy; an accompanying video showed a mob chanting “Allahu Akbar” round a raging fire.

The police, however, explained that Usman was killed after engaging in a heated argument with an Islamic cleric.

The killing had attracted public outrage among Nigerians, with the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, calling for the arrest of the culprits.

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Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via vopara@icirnigeria.org

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