Two killed in Kogi over stolen mobile phone


Panic enveloped Felele, a suburb in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Monday, as two persons were reportedly killed over a stolen mobile phone.

An eye witness revealed that a suspected thief had snatched a mobile phone and sneaked into a shop, the shop owner was mistaken to be the thief and killed by a mob, while the suspect escaped.

In a reprisal, sympathisers of the dead shop owner identified one of his alleged killers, beat him to death and set the corpse ablaze, while some persons have been taken to the hospital following injuries they sustained during the clashes.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kogi Police Command, DSP Williams Aya, who confirmed the incident, said the command received a distress call from Felele at about 10am on Monday, and on arrival at the scene discovered two dead bodies said to have been killed in a clash.

The PPRO explained that one Salisu Ado and Muhammad Mukaila all dead were alleged to have been engaged in a fight over a yet to be ascertained cause, leading to their death.

He said Muhammed Mukaila was alleged to have stabbed Salisu Ado to death, prompting a reprisal attack by his relations and sympathisers who equally killed Mukaila and set his corpse ablaze.

DSP Aya said, two suspects Muhammed Mubarak and Suleiman Yakubu all believed to be members of the Aro Barger cult have been arrested in connection with the killings.

Also, the PPRO said investigations into the matter has commenced as the state Commissioner of Police has ordered the transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department.

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