Save for prompt intervention of students, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT MINNA), identified as Innocent, would have been a dead man. Innocent was rescued from a mob, which wanted to lynch him after he was accused for theft by suspected kidnappers.
The incident happened last Friday at the main gate of the institution. It was gathered that Innocent was walking alone on Bosso Street on the fateful day. A few meters to the school gate, he was accosted by a group of boys, who were suspected to be kidnappers. Unknown to Innocent, who attended to the strangers, he was being led to a dangerous fate.
But when he observed a strange move from the boys, he tried to leave the scene but was prevented by the gang. The suspects accused Innocent of using juju to remove the manhood of one of them. They shouted “thief” and drew the attention of the passersby to the scene. Innocent was immediately attacked by the mob and was being forced into the vehicle of the suspects.
Students, who identified the victim, rushed to the scene to rescue Innocent from the mob action. It was later confirmed that he was wrongly accused. This drew the wrath of students, who descended on the suspects before the university’s security operatives moved to the scene to rescue them.
However, students staged a protest, calling on the security men to release the suspects to them. The crowd of students grew uncontrollably. They were chanting “justice and penalty”.
When the security officials discovered the growing crowd of students, they moved the suspects to the former Senate building in Bosso campus, where they were locked while waiting for the police. The students, who had surrounded the Senate building, were not deterred; they remained on the spot till 11pm.
At 1:30am, medical personnel from the school clinic were invited to examine Innocent, who was complaining of internal pains as a result of the beating he received from the suspects.
Efforts of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) president, Taiye Hassan, 500-Level Electrical Engineering, and the Bosso Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to disperse the crowd did not yield any result as the adamant crowd demanded to hand out “justice” to the suspected kidnappers.
Around 2am on Saturday, the enraged students agreed to leave the scene but demanded justice for the attacked ex-student. They urged the police not let the suspects go unpunished.
The SUG president assured the students that they would be kept abreast of development as regards the prosecution of the suspects. The DPO expressed his profound gratitude to the students for their cooperation and unified efforts to seeing that justice was done.