Tragedy struck in Lapai, the headquarters of Lapai local government area in Niger State, as a suspected ritualist was set ablaze by an angry mob. The horrifying incident took place on a Friday afternoon, just before the Jumma’t prayer.
The suspect, identified as Dule Sakon Kano, found himself in the custody of a furious mob before meeting a gruesome fate. During intense interrogation by the crowd, Kano reportedly confessed to his involvement in ritualistic activities, revealing that he had been supplying stolen children to an unidentified “master” within the region.
This shocking revelation followed months of troubling occurrences involving sudden child disappearances both within and outside Lapai town. Concerned residents had been grappling with the alarming trend, prompting increased anxiety within the community.
The incident took a chilling turn when Kano was apprehended with two young girls, aged between four and five, as they were about to be transported to an undisclosed location. The two children were reportedly running an errand to buy household items from a nearby shop when the suspect was caught.
Eyewitnesses recounted the sequence of events leading to the mob’s brutal act. “The suspect, before being set ablaze, had admitted to committing the crime and confessed that he was on his way to deliver the two children to his agent,” shared one eyewitness over the phone.
Frustration over the lack of progress in combating the recurring child abductions appeared to be a driving force behind the mob’s actions. Witnesses explained that residents had grown increasingly exasperated by the authorities’ failure to address the ongoing crisis.
As panic spread and the suspect’s true intentions became known, a frantic chase ensued, and Kano was captured near the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) burial ground road. The mob then marched him through the center of Lapai town, where he met a horrific fate as he was burned to ashes.
Regrettably, by the time the local police arrived at the scene, Kano’s body had already been consumed by the flames, leaving nothing recognizable behind. The mob had vanished, leaving behind a grim scene of destruction and unrest.
This shocking incident has ignited concerns over the rule of law and the measures needed to address such instances of mob violence, while also reflecting the deep-seated fears within the community due to the recurring child abductions.