Angry youths yesterday executed jungle justice on a man over the allegation that he stole a motorcycle belonging to a commercial motorcycle operator, popularly called okada.
An eyewitness told Nigerian Pilot Saturday that the man, in his early 30s allegedly stole the motorcycle at Mararaba, a boundary town with Abuja and ran to Nyanya for safety, when people were alerted.
He said that the angry youths had beaten him before the man was set ablaze, in front of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Karu, Abuja.
“The man stole the bike at Orange Market in Mararaba, and ran to Nyanya when the people raised alarm.
“ After a hot chase, he was caught in Karu, Jikwoyi Motor Park, in the early hours of yesterday where he was mercilessly beaten and let go ‘half dead’ by the mob.
“But I don’t know what later transpired between the youths and the thief that resulted in him being set ablaze.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday gathered that the allege thief had attempted to commit another act of theft within the same area where he was beaten and released by the angry mob, and that resulted in another round of beating, leading to setting him ablaze.
The youths, mostly okada riders, numbering about 100 succeeded in executing jungle justice on the man, it took a detachment of policemen from Nyanya Divisional Police to disperse the youths after the man has burnt.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Pilot Saturday had gathered that the action of the okada riders might not be unconnected with the incessant snatching of motorbikes from the rider at odd hours and places, only to sell them cheaper than the market value.
Our correspondent gathered that why some stolen motorcycles cannot be found is because over 80 per cent of commercial motorcycles operating in some satellite towns in Abuja don’t have any form of identification, especially number plates, as recommended by FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Service.
On enquiry, policemen positioned there declined comment, saying, “we just took over from some people and you can see what happened here. That is the much I can say because we are not authorise to talk to anyone on this matter.”

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