A middle-aged man who could not afford to feed his family, was mobbed by a crowd in a market in Madalla area of Abuja, the federal Capital Territory, after

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The 48-year-old man, identified only as Ya'u, a father of six, was said to have been beaten into a state of unconsciousness after he was caught with the yam tubers before he was rescued by some elders in the market on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

According to a witness, the suspect had pretended that he wanted to buy yam from a trader and had a polythene bag with him. He then volunteered to help another woman who had already bought 45 tubers from the same trader to convey them to her car.

“It was while he was moving the yam tubers that he removed two tubers and put them inside the polythene bag he was carrying. He did not know that someone was watching him. He then hid the bag beside a culvert.

The woman who bought the yams, a restaurateur, upon counting the yam tubers in her vehicle, raised an alarm when she discovered that some tubers were missing.

The woman then confronted the trader which led to an argument that attracted a crowd. It was during the argument the person who saw the accused put the yam tubers in the sack pointed to him as he tried to hide in the crowd.

The missing tubers were later found inside the bag of the man and that caused some angry youths in the crowd to pounce on him and beat him up before he was later handed over to the vigilante group."

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A member of the vigilante who confirmed the incident, said the accused was allowed to go after the intervention of Madalla market leaders and some elders.