A suspected car thief narrowly escaped being lynched by angry youths in the Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
Adamu Ali, 30, was allegedly caught on Monday, October 31, trying to steal an ash-coloured Honda Civic 98 model from the front of the owner’s house in Yalwawa quarters, Dutse metropolis.
The car owner raised alarm and locals gathered.
They pounced on Ali, beating him terribly, before the police arrived and took him away.
Police spokesman, DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam confirmed the incident.
He said: “The incident occurred on Monday, after one Ibrahim Saleh of Plot 232 Yalwawa quarters, Dutse reported that at about 1730hrs, he parked his motor vehicle Honda Civic 98 model, ash in color, with registration number GML 112 JA, in front of his house, but when he came out, he saw a person removing the car from where he parked it earlier.
“The owner of the vehicle immediately alerted the police on patrol and good Samaritans, where the thief was pursued; as a result he abandoned the car and ran into a farmland before he was arrested and taken to the police station for interrogation.”
DSP Lawan said a master key and three different vehicle plate numbers were recovered from him.
He said during the course of the investigation, the suspect, who is from Potiskum, Yobe State, confessed to having stolen vehicles in the Dutse metropolis. He also said he recently stole a Honda Civic, green in colour, belonging to one Salmanu Adamu Rishi of Takur Site Dutse, Jigawa State, and took it to Kano State.
Police spokesman said the police later recovered the vehicle and brought it to the office for discreet investigation.
He said the suspect would be charged in court upon completion of the investigation.