Barely few weeks, following reports of an innocent Igbo man being mistaken for an armed robber and burnt to death by Hausa men in Apo market, Abuja, another case, which also reports same brutal killing has emerged.
According to the source, a 32-year-old “Ikechukwu Anigbo”, a barber, has been killed and burnt around a popular relaxation center at the old London Lane, in Apo, Abuja at the weekend, after he was allegedly mistaken for a robber.
Reports has it that the deceased’s friend, one Chukwudi Orji had visited his barbing salon on Saturday. However, about 30 minutes after he left, Orji was said to have received news of violence involving some motorcyclists and at about 11p.m, he learnt that his friend, Anigbo was the victim of the violence.
According to Orji, “I saw the fire, but I did not know that someone was inside. There was smoke everywhere; there was no way you would have known that there was someone in the fire, except you were there or somebody told you about it,” he said.
The source further revealed that, a quarrel had ensued between the deceased who hails from Aku in Enugu State and a motorcyclist over N10 “change,” he was supposed to have collected after paying his fare. It was alleged that during the argument, the motorcyclist attracted his colleagues to the scene by shouting “thief”.
The taskforce chairman of Abuja Spare Parts Dealers Association, Apo, Mr. Ezema Virginus Chukwudike, stated that, “The mob that gathered following the alarm collected tyres from a vulcanising workshop near the scene and set the deceased on fire.”
The taskforce chairman reportedly lamented the excesses of motorcyclists in satellite towns within the territory and the need to be curbed.
“When news of the incident spread, people became angry. They wondered why the motorcyclists would burn an innocent man. Even the man who volunteered to carry the corpse after he had been killed, was chased away.
“This is not the first time that motorcyclists are killing someone over a paltry sum of money.
“A similar thing happened in Kabusa, when a boy was stabbed because of change. Another man was killed on Wumba road. The same change issue led to the death of a man in Damagaza. In his case, after he was killed, they kept him near a river until the next day,” Chukwudike was quoted to have said.
“The last time such an incident occurred in the area, the traders protested and it took the intervention of policemen to bring the situation under control,” he added.
He noted that the matter was reported at the Apo Police Station.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the FCT police command, ASP Anjuguri Manzah said, “There was a disagreement last night between two opposing groups and we are in the know.”