The vigilantes who tortured a man to death over stealing has been caught as Kogi State police command confirmed their arrest.
According to reports, the Command spokesman, DSP William Aya, said the victim was tortured to death on Monday in Ofabo Egabenebe community and the nine vigilantes who were involved in the act will be arrested, including the head of the vigilante service and his second-in-command.
The victim met his untimely demise when a businessman in the community accused him of stealing items worth N200, 000 from his shop and reported him to the members of the vigilante service in the community.
The head of the vigilante service, his deputy and six other members of the group, were said to have taken on the victim immediately.
The police spokesman said:
“The victim was brutally tortured with a hammer and other items by the vigilante men, who later hit him on the head in an attempt to obtain information from him.
In the process, the victim was said to have slumped and died on the spot. Youths of the community immediately embarked on protests, during which the three shops belonging to the man who accused the victim of stealing his N200,000 were set ablaze.”
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