Man Stoned, Burnt to Death for Alleged Blasphemy in Abuja

Man Stoned, Burnt to Death for Alleged Blasphemy in Abuja

  • Another alleged case of blasphemy has led to the killing of a man allegedly identified as Small Hundaru in Abuja
  • Hundaru was accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and was stoned and burnt to death by a mob
  • The latest killing comes few weeks after Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was killed over alleged blasphemy

FCT, Abuja - A member of a vigilante group allegedly identified as Small Hundaru, has been killed in the Lugbe area of Abuja for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Daily Trust reported that the mob killing occurred at the Timber market section of Fruit Market in Federal Housing Estate, Lugbe.

Small Hundaru, Stoned, Burnt to Death, Alleged Blasphemy in Abuja
A man identified as Small Hundaru has been killed over alleged blasphemy in Abuja.
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Eyewitnesses said the victim, a Muslim, was known of the act of insulting the prophet and the latest was on midnight of Saturday.

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But the mob action took place around 1pm on Saturday, June 4, after seeking refuge in the vigilante office in the market.

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Security operatives outnumbered

It was gathered the local security outfit was outnumbered before he was killed in front of the office, thereafter, burnt.

A trader at the market known as Halilu was quoted as saying:

“The guy is known as Small Hundaru, that was not his first time of insulting the prophet before the action was taken.
“He was caught after buying food in the market in the afternoon, because when the blasphemy occurred it was just few people who were there, then a stick was used to hit him in the head. Though he had a gun with him, it was retrieved before the beating.
“Thereafter, he was stoned before he ran to the office. His colleagues at the office were aware but they couldn’t shield him due to the number of people that chased him. After he was unconscious, petrol was poured over him and not to stoke any fear in the market, he was burnt in front of the office.”

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According to Daily Trust, the scorched tyres used in burning him could be seen while traders locked their shop in anticipation of any violence.

However, with the presence of policemen, the place was calm but three persons were said to have been shot by the policemen.

Also reporting the tragic incident, The Nation quoted an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, as saying:

“There is stampede as police fire shots to dispatch people”.

While Daily Trust stated that it was Hundaru's corpse that was burnt, The Nation stated that the victim was burnt to death.

Few weeks ago, Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was also killed over alleged blasphemy.

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Meanwhile, a team of 34 lawyers appeared in court on Monday, May 16, to defend two suspects arrested over the killing of Deborah.

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The team was led by a professor, Mansur Ibrahim. The suspects were arraigned in court following their arrest last week over their roles in the gruesome murder of Miss Deborah.

The young lady was stoned to death and then burnt by a mob over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on a WhatsApp group.


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