By John Shiklam
Members of a family of three have been killed by an angry mob in Zangon Aya, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State following the suspicion that they were informants to bandits terrorising the area.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna.
Aruwan said Abdullahi Gobirawa, his wife, Binta; and son, Hassan, were killed when a mob stormed their home on Monday afternoon, adding that after killing them, the mob looted and burnt their home.
He said the incident was reported to the state government by security agencies.
“Security agencies have reported the killing of a man, his wife and son, by a lynch mob in Zangon Aya community, Igabi Local Government Area.
“According to the report, Abdullahi Mohammed Gobirawa, his wife Binta Abdullahi and his son Hassan Abdullahi, were killed when a mob stormed their home on Monday afternoon.
“The mob action was in response to the trio’s suspected collaboration with bandits, especially in relation to recent kidnappings in the area.
“After killing the trio, the mob looted and burnt their home,” the commissioner said.
He said Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed his sadness and deep worry at the violent actions of the citizens and strongly condemned the extra-judicial killings.
He said the governor stressed that lawful means alone should be adopted in confronting suspicions of criminality, as the destructive practice of self-help would only result in greater harm.
Aruwan said the governor had directed security agencies to conduct thorough investigations into the incident and urged citizens to maintain order.
He said the governor also cautioned against stereotyping of any sort and appealed for consistent recourse to constituted agencies.
The commissoner said investigations into the incident had commenced.