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Mob kill a member of vigilante group in Abuja for alleged blasphemy

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A Nigerian man was burned to death by a mob in the capital Abuja on Saturday following an argument with a Muslim cleric, police said.

Police spokesperson for Abuja, Josephine Adeh, said a member of Vigilante Group, Ahmad Usman had an argument with an unidentified cleric, which turned violent. Police who arrived at the scene took him to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

“The heated argument degenerated into an outbreak of violence that led to the murder and setting ablaze of Ahmad Usman by the enraged mob mobilized by the clergy numbering about two hundred,” the police spokesman for Abuja said.

The ugly incident occurred while members of the vigilante group at the popular Timber Shed market at the Federal Housing Estate (FHA) Lugbe in Abuja, were making moves to arrest some residents trespassing the market in the early hours of Saturday.

The residents were said to have begged the vigilantes to free them in the name of Allah but one of the vigilantes kicked and made comments alleged to be blasphemous.

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It was gathered that one of the vigilante operatives insisted that even if “God comes down”, he will not release the person arrested to go home.

The comment provoked the other group, which regrouped and brought down the vigilante office to rescue their man.

The group reportedly attacked, killed, and set ablaze the vigilante personnel who insisted that he will not release the arrested person from detention.

At the time this report was filed, security operatives have been deployed to the scene of the incident in order to calm down tension in the area and prevent reprisal attack.

Last month, a female college student was beaten to death and set on fire by fellow students who said she had posted “blasphemous” statements in a student Whatsapp group. Two students have appeared in court over the matter.

Nigeria is a secular nation but some states in the mostly Muslim north observe Islamic sharia and have courts that punish those accused of deviating from its practices.

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