In a dramatic turn of events at the Kure Ultra Modern Market in Minna, Niger State, a suspected car thief, Abubakar Mohammed, found himself at the center of a potential mob lynching. The 40-year-old resident of Tudun-Fulani, Bosso, Bosso Local Government Area, allegedly tried to make off with a Honda Civic car bearing Reg No. KAG 371 AA.
The incident unfolded on Thursday when Mohammed attempted to drive the vehicle out of the market’s park, triggering immediate attention and outrage from onlookers. The situation quickly escalated into a potential mob attack on the suspected car thief.
Eyewitnesses detailed the chaotic scene, describing how angry crowds gathered, seemingly ready to take matters into their own hands. However, before things could spiral out of control, timely intervention came from the local police. Responding promptly to the commotion, officers managed to rescue Mohammed from the incensed crowd and subsequently took him into custody.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the intensity of public reactions in the face of alleged criminal activities. The swift response of law enforcement prevented a potentially dangerous situation, ensuring that justice would be pursued through legal channels rather than vigilante actions.
During interrogation, Abubakar confessed to having removed the vehicle from the car park with the aid of a fabricated key.
According to him, “I plan to take the vehicle to my usual receiver, one Bashir Mohammed of Mando area in Kaduna State.”
The suspect further disclosed that before now, he had stolen a red Honda Civic car from the same market in March 2023.
“I sold the vehicle to the same Bashir in Kaduna at the rate of N200,000, which I used for shoe business at Kasuwa-Wanbai in Kano State.
” I needed more money for farming and to build a personal house in Wushishi to prepare myself for marriage. Presently, I have no wife. These are the reasons for the attempt to steal a car again in the market,” he confessed.
The Niger State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said the police came to the rescue of the suspect following a distress call about the incident in the market.
He explained that the case is presently being investigated at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Minna.
He added that efforts are ongoing by the operatives of the command to proceed to Kaduna State for the possible arrest of Bashir Mohammed, who was allegedly a receiver of stolen vehicles.