A 42-year-old man, simply identified as Ishaku, was tortured and tied to an electric pole for allegedly attempting to steal a ram at Unguwar Tumbu, Madalla, in Niger State.
A resident of the area said that the suspect was caught trying to escape with the ram, after he untied it from a tree where it was feeding, near the owner’s house.
He said that the incident happened on Thursday at 8:12pm. He said that the suspect, a resident of Monkey Village, was taking the ram away when he was accosted by some neighbours who raised an alarm.
The suspect was tortured by an angry crowd after which he was tied to an electric pole, the resident said, adding that the suspect was rescued by members of the vigilante group in the area.
A member of a vigilante in the area, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the incident. He said that the suspect was handed over to policemen at Madalla.
Efforts to get the reaction of the divisional police officer of in charge of Madalla division were not successful, but a police officer confirmed the incident, saying that the suspect would be charged to court after investigation.