Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Survivor confesses: Dutse lynch victims were innocent · How three were killed for ‘One Chance’

Weeks after the unfortunate killing of three suspected ‘one chance’ criminals at the Dutse-Alhaji junction in Bwari area council, investigation has shown that the deceased were actually innocent of the crime they were accused of.

 

An angry mob had on September 30 lynched three men at DutseAlhaji for allegedly robbing a woman in a car.

The suspects were chased after and burnt after a lady was heard screaming for help from a moving vehicle.

However, The Abuja Inquirer exclusively gathered that the deceased were actually on their way to their places of legitimate business when they met their untimely death.

The only survivor of the ill-fated vehicle who recounted the incidence DURING A TESTIMONY AT A CHURCH IN BWARI, revealed that the victims were attacked when a female passenger inexplicably began to cry for help shortly after joining the vehicle.

The survivor, (names withheld) who had boarded the car from Bwari to Beger junction, insisted that all the passengers in the vehicle were victims of the obvious fear that comes with boarding commercial vehicles in the FCT.

He said the female passenger who was picked from the first gate of Dutse-Alhaji, probably became agitated when the car didn’t take the right turn towards Kubwa-Zuba express, but rather continued under the Dutse Bridge, headed towards the city centre.

He said the woman was probably heading to Kubwa-Zuba axis, must have mistakenly boarded the wrong vehicle due to the raucous at the bus stop.

He said instead of asking why the driver was driving towards town, she became apprehensive and decided to scream for help.

The victim, who gave a detailed narration of how the unfortunate incident happened, said, “On the 30th of September this year, I boarded an ash coloured Carina E, saloon car from the T-junction in Bwari heading to Beger round about in town. I was the first passenger in the vehicle so I sat in front with the driver. Being rush hour, the vehicle filled up on time and we took off.

“We got to Usuman Dam Junction and a passenger paid his money and dropped. Another passenger also dropped at Sokale roundabout, leaving two seats empty. When we got to the first gate at Dutse-Alhaji, two other passengers jumped in to fill up the spaces left. If you know that axis very well, you will understand how people scramble for vehicles at that area, and being a Monday morning and a market day, the human and vehicular traffic on that road is usually heavy so the vehicle hardly stopped before it was filled again.

“Less than 500metres from the zenith bank bus stop, a lady who sat by the door brought out her head and started screaming ‘Help! One chance!! Help!!!’ We all panicked and asked the driver to stop before people believe her, but he was too scared and said ‘These people will kill us if I stop’

“He had barely finished talking before his vehicle hit the road demarcation and we found ourselves on it. Before I knew what was happening, the other passengers jumped out of the vehicle and took to their heels, but I came out and stood by the car. Unfortunately the crowd chased after the other passengers and started beating them. I tried explaining what happened but no one paid attention to me. In the whole confusion, the woman who screamed for help disappeared into the crowd. For fear of being misunderstood and beaten alongside others, I decided to cross the road to continue my journey. I had not even gotten to Katampe when I heard over the radio that passengers we had all innocently boarded a vehicle together were burnt to death.”

The survivor, who considers himself lucky to still be alive, said he has been traumatised by the event of that day.

Efforts to speak with the Commissioner of Police FCT Command, Mr. Bala Ciroma and or the command’s deputy spokesperson, MiriamYusuf.

Abuja is faced serious security challenges including kidnapping of security officials, though the police and the FCT administration insist that the situation was under control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Survivor confesses: Dutse lynch victims were innocent

·        How three were killed for ‘One  Chance’

By Sarah NEGEDU

Weeks after the unfortunate killing of three suspected ‘one chance’ criminals at the Dutse-Alhaji junction in Bwari area council, investigation has shown that the deceased were actually innocent of the crime they were accused of.

An angry mob had on September 30 lynched three men at DutseAlhaji for allegedly robbing a woman in a car.

The suspects were chased after and burnt after a lady was heard screaming for help from a moving vehicle.

However, The Abuja Inquirer exclusively gathered that the deceased were actually on their way to their places of legitimate business when they met their untimely death.

The only survivor of the ill-fated vehicle who recounted the incidence DURING A TESTIMONY AT A CHURCH IN BWARI, revealed that the victims were attacked when a female passenger inexplicably began to cry for help shortly after joining the vehicle.

The survivor, (names withheld) who had boarded the car from Bwari to Beger junction, insisted that all the passengers in the vehicle were victims of the obvious fear that comes with boarding commercial vehicles in the FCT.

He said the female passenger who was picked from the first gate of Dutse-Alhaji, probably became agitated when the car didn’t take the right turn towards Kubwa-Zuba express, but rather continued under the Dutse Bridge, headed towards the city centre.

He said the woman was probably heading to Kubwa-Zuba axis, must have mistakenly boarded the wrong vehicle due to the raucous at the bus stop.

He said instead of asking why the driver was driving towards town, she became apprehensive and decided to scream for help.

The victim, who gave a detailed narration of how the unfortunate incident happened, said, “On the 30th of September this year, I boarded an ash coloured Carina E, saloon car from the T-junction in Bwari heading to Beger round about in town. I was the first passenger in the vehicle so I sat in front with the driver. Being rush hour, the vehicle filled up on time and we took off.

“We got to Usuman Dam Junction and a passenger paid his money and dropped. Another passenger also dropped at Sokale roundabout, leaving two seats empty. When we got to the first gate at Dutse-Alhaji, two other passengers jumped in to fill up the spaces left. If you know that axis very well, you will understand how people scramble for vehicles at that area, and being a Monday morning and a market day, the human and vehicular traffic on that road is usually heavy so the vehicle hardly stopped before it was filled again.

“Less than 500metres from the zenith bank bus stop, a lady who sat by the door brought out her head and started screaming ‘Help! One chance!! Help!!!’ We all panicked and asked the driver to stop before people believe her, but he was too scared and said ‘These people will kill us if I stop’

“He had barely finished talking before his vehicle hit the road demarcation and we found ourselves on it. Before I knew what was happening, the other passengers jumped out of the vehicle and took to their heels, but I came out and stood by the car. Unfortunately the crowd chased after the other passengers and started beating them. I tried explaining what happened but no one paid attention to me. In the whole confusion, the woman who screamed for help disappeared into the crowd. For fear of being misunderstood and beaten alongside others, I decided to cross the road to continue my journey. I had not even gotten to Katampe when I heard over the radio that passengers we had all innocently boarded a vehicle together were burnt to death.”

The survivor, who considers himself lucky to still be alive, said he has been traumatised by the event of that day.

Efforts to speak with the Commissioner of Police FCT Command, Mr. Bala Ciroma and or the command’s deputy spokesperson, MiriamYusuf.

Abuja is faced serious security challenges including kidnapping of security officials, though the police and the FCT administration insist that the situation was under control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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