Monday, 14 March 2016

This Abuja based barber was killed by mob over N10naira (Photos)

Ikechukwu Anigbo, a barber is the latest victim of mob attack. He was beaten, killed and burnt around a popular relaxation centre in Apo, Abuja.When Chukwudi Orji bade his friend, Ikechukwu Anigbo, good bye as he left the relaxation centre, he never knew, that was the last time he would be speaking to him.

30 minutes after Ikechukwu left the spot, Orji received news of violence involving some motorcyclists, but he brushed it aside.  Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that it was when Orji got home at about 11p.m, that he learnt that his friend,  Anigbo was the victim of the violence.

“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 fair skinned man, who was in his early 30s and from Aku in Enugu State, is a victim of jungle justice, but his friends insist that he was a barber, making an honest living. They maintained that he was killed out of sheer wickedness.

Daily Trust gathered that a quarrel had ensued between Anigbo and the owner of a motorcyclist over N10 “change,” he was supposed to have collect after paying his fare.

None of the motorcyclists, traders, hawkers and guards at the old London Lane, where the incident occurred agreed to speak to our reporter, but it was alleged that during the quarrel, the motorcyclist attracted his colleagues to the scene by shouting “thief”.

 The mob that gathered following the alarm collected tyres from a vulcanising workshop near the scene and set the deceased on fire, said Ezema Virginus Chukwudike, the taskforce chairman of Abuja Spare Parts Dealers Association, Apo.

He described the death as one too many, adding that the excesses of motorcyclists in satellite towns within the territory need to be curbed.

Chukwudike, popularly known as Oracle of God, said “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.”

He said 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,” he said.
Source: KFB

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