In Magama-Gumau town, Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, a suspected motorcycle thief was fatally beaten by enraged youths,Daily Trust reports.

The deceased, a young man whose identity remained unknown at the time, was spotted loitering around a mosque in the town during market day on March 17th. Witnesses reported that he forcibly broke the lock of a parked motorcycle near the mosque and attempted to move it away.

The owner of the motorcycle, noticing the theft from inside the mosque, raised an alarm and pursued the thief, shouting “barawo, barawo” (thief, thief). The commotion attracted bystanders who joined the chase. Although the thief abandoned the stolen motorcycle and tried to flee, the crowd caught up with him.

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Given the heightened activity of market day, a mob quickly formed, armed with planks and other weapons, and began assaulting the thief until he succumbed to his injuries.

By the time police personnel arrived, the mob had dispersed, leaving behind the lifeless body of the suspect. The police subsequently removed the body and deposited it at the morgue of Toro General Hospital. No arrests were made at the time of reporting.

The Bauchi State Police Command, confirmed the incident through its Public Relations Officer, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, stating that the Toro Divisional Police received a distress call from the Magama Gumau Police outstation regarding a suspected motorcycle thief apprehended at Magama Weekly Market. Upon arrival, police found that the suspect had been fatally assaulted by the mob and his body set on fire.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Musa Mohammed, has ordered an investigation into the incident and the apprehension of those responsible for the lynching.


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