Man murdered in Abuja over alleged blasphemy

The 30-year-old member of a local vigilante group, Ahmad Usman, has been killed in the Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammed.

The incident, which occurred at the Lugbe timber market section of Fruit Market in Federal Housing Estate, created panic and confusion in the area.

An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, told reporters that there was a stampede as police fired gunshots to dispatch people.

Another eyewitness, John Adelowo, said: “He (Usman) was caught buying food in the market in the afternoon. When the blasphemy occurred, there were only a few people there and a stick was used to hit him in the head.

“After that, he was stoned before he ran into the office. His colleagues at the office could not protect him due to the number of people that chased him.

“After he became unconscious, petrol was poured on him and he was burnt in front of the office.”

The mob, according to the police, numbered more than 200 people.



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