There was confusion at Farakwai village along Kaduna-Zaria highway on Thursday when a teenager died as residents attempted to lynch three Fulani in the area.
Daily Trust Saturday gathered that the three Fulani were sighted on a hill which the residents were banned from climbing.
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A resident of the community told our correspondent in a telephone interview that the youth in the town were angry over the rising cases of abduction in the community which was why they wanted to lynch the men sighted in the area because they suspected them to be bandits.
According to him, three people were recently abducted by bandits from the community and one of them was killed despite ransom payment which angered the residents.
He explained that when the three Fulani men were sighted on a hill, the residents chased them but they eventually escaped into a nearby quarry company where mobile policemen stationed there took them into custody.
“But the residents who gathered from neighbouring villages mostly youths demanded the men be released to them but the policemen shot into the crowd in an attempt to disperse the angry youth,” he said.
According to the source, Dini, a teenager died of gunshot wounds while five others were injured.
He said all the victims were teenagers below the age of 20. Daily Trust Saturday also gathered that the military were also deployed to the scene during the chaos.
When contacted, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Jalige Mohammed, denied that the police shot the boy, saying policemen were not the only security agents at the scene.
He further promised to find out what actually happened from the tactical team officers around.
He didn’t call back as at the time of filing this report.