Man stoned to death for kidnapping children
A Fulani man who made kidnapping of little children as his source of income, met his waterloo in Ajaka, Igalamela-Odolu local government area of Kogi state today.
The Fulani had been a terror to the people as he specialized in the kidnapping of children for sale, a horrific and heinous act he carried out for over some years.
On a market day, when most people would have gone to the market, and particularly at such hours when there would be no adult person around to be with their children. He would then abduct any child he sees. But on this fateful day, April 4, his cup of iniquity filled up and spilled over, when the man abducted a daughter of a peasant farmer, and ran away.
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A member of the community who was on a palm tree let out a blood-cuddling scream of anguish.However, luck ran out on him, when he took a girl of four years old.
The high noise of his cry of pain got the attention of youths in the area and members of Security Network, who chased him with motorcycles. They immediately rescued the girl from the Fulani although the little girl had maintained no wound.
The little girl was handed over to her parents who immediately took her to the nearest hospital for treatment. But the irate youths, farmers, businessmen and women took custody of the Fulani, and administered jungle justice by stoning and beating the man to death even before the police arrived at the scene.
An indigene of the community who pleaded anonymity explained that the youths took the decision because of their convictions that the kidnapper would be set free if he had been handed over to the police.
This reporter, as a resident of Ajaka, know fully well that the Fulani had been a thorn in the flesh of the community and everyone had been on the look out for the gangs, hoping to catch them red – handed.
According to a farmer, the Fulani normally come when most people have either gone to the market or to the farms and kidnap any child around and disappear.
“For the past eight months we have had lost children suspected to have been kidnapped by unknown Fulani. So, he came as usual on the Ajaka market day knowing that most people would have gone to the market”.