A mob has lynched six cattle rustlers in Zamfara at the palace of the Emir of Birnin Magaji. The Assistance Director, Army Public Relations, Major Clement Abiade confirmed the killings but said that reports at his disposal did not show the men were cattle rustlers.
“Reports at our disposal indicated that they were Fulani cattle herders, who were at the palace alongside a Department of States Services official, to secure the release of their animals seized about three weeks ago.
“The enraged villagers, who had been at the receiving end of banditry for a long time, descended on the cattle rearers that they mistook for bandits.
“According to reports, the Fulani men took their case to the DSS, and the DSS officials accompanied them to the palace to make their case. They were not armed” he said.
Abiade warned against jungle justice adding that the offenders will be brought to book.
However, another report from the mob has shown that youths in large numbers laid seige to the palace when they noticed the presence of notorious bandits among the DSS officials and the suspected cattle rustlers who were at the palace.
The Emir was not in town at the time of the incident. It took the intervention of the soldiers to restore the place to order with one DSS officer shot in the hand.
Millitasttry officers have been deployed to the area to forestall further violence.