Angry residents of the Mariri community in Kaduna State’s Lere local government lynched Hajiya Bilkisu after learning that the seven people she had been housing were bandits.
Members of the community descended as she was trying to escape after troops of Operation Safe Haven arrested the seven suspected bandits from her house in the community, Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement
Aruwan listed arrested members of the bandits as: Musa Adamu, Abdullahi Usman, Suleiman Hasidu, Usman Jibril, Saidu Isah, Hassan Abdulhamid and Idris Sani
He said the arrests are the result of sustained intelligence gathering.
His statement reads in parts: “Security agencies have reported to the Kaduna State Government that seven suspected bandits have been arrested in Mariri community of Lere local government area.
“One Hajiya Bilkisu, a suspected accomplice who had been housing the arrested persons, was unfortunately lynched by members of the community as she tried to escape.
“The Kaduna State Government noted the report with satisfaction and commended the troops for their prompt action on credible intelligence gathered.
“The Government urged security agencies to ensure a thorough investigation of the suspects.
“Furthermore, the Kaduna State Government appealed to citizens to avoid all forms of jungle justice, and to give security agencies the needed cooperation to work in line with the dictates of the law.
“Citizens will be updated on further developments.