Two female students of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna were nearly lynched on Friday by a mob after they were suspected and accused of being suicide bombers.
2 females dressed in hijab lynched by mob In Niger
The victims who were dressed fully in hijab were spotted at the central mosque Minna by some members of the public
The victims who were dressed fully in hijab were spotted at the central mosque Minna by some members of the public as they were returning to school.
According to reports, the girls covered from head to toe were trying to walk past the front of the Central mosque when Jumat prayers were about to begin.
The bags the girls were carrying were reportedly suspicious alerting other worshippers who immediately raised an alarm.
It was gathered that the ladies were almost lynched to death but for the intervention of the state police.
One of the girls was injured by the mob and is currently receiving treatment at the Police Clinic in Minna.
When contacted Niger State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari confirmed the incident but said that the two victims were wrongly accused.
“When the attention of our men on duty was drawn to the ladies, they were subjected to bodily search and their bags also whisked and nothing incriminating were found on them. We were able to establish that the two of them are returning students of FUT Minna. Their mode of dressing made people to suspect them.
“It took the timely intervention of our men as members of the public had started to beat up one of the ladies leading to the point of sustaining some injuries and she is being treated at the Police Clinic,” Gambari stated.
The Police spokesman, who decried the mob action of members of the public, advised that Police should be allowed to do their work after complaint must have been lodged.
According to the PPRO, “The crowd that came round when the ladies were been searched would have been affected should the suspects be suicide bombers and were carrying bombs”.
The students are still been kept in Police custody.
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