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29 June 2006

Nigeria: Muslims Mob Stones 20-Yr-Old Girl to Death in Minna

The life of a 20yr old girl (name withheld) was prematurely terminated in Izom in Gawu Babangida Local Government Area of Niger State yesterday as she was stoned to death by irate youths for distributing inciting leaflets bordering on religion.

Trouble started at about noon when the girl whose identity is yet to be ascertained was said to have walked straight into the Jumat Mosque in Izom where she dropped the inciting letter in the Mosque.

As the letter was opened, it was discovered that it was a letter full of unprintable materials accusing both Prophet Muhammad, Jesus Christ and even some living and dead Pastors of some misdeeds.

The lady was immediately trailed and arrested by the people who also handed her over to the police.

While the lady was under protective police custody for interrogation, the news of the inciting letter had spread to the town while the youth immediately mobilized and stormed the Izom Police station where they demanded for the release of the girl for instant judgement.

The police station was damaged by the youth with dangerous weapons like sticks and iron as they tried to force themselves to the station to capture the lady.

The DPO, ASP. M. Ibrahim, his DCO and some other police officers were injured as they attempted to ferry the girl away for protection as the irate youth descended on them with dangerous weapons.

The helpless policemen including those on highway patrol drafted to the scene to protect the girl were overpowered and eventually got hold of the girl.

As the policemen flee the scene, the youth rained stones, sticks and other dangerous weapons on her and killed her instantly.

Niger State Governor, Engr. Abdulkadir Kure, his deputy, Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu, State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ernest Ibhaze, the Director of SSS, Emir of Suleja, Mallam Muhammed Awwal Ibrahim immediately rushed to the scene to ascertain the extent of damage and calm the situation.

At Gawu Babangida headquarters of the local government, the Governor and his entourage were briefed by the DPO and elders of the town on how the incidence happened and described the girl as an "insane".

They admitted that the deceased had never been seen in that area before and nobody could identify or trace her to any household in the town.

The identity of the lady could not be put on record by the police as the invasion of the youth on the police station that eventually led to the termination of her life did not allow the police in their investigation.

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