The Niger Police Command has confirmed the death of three persons in a skirmish that ensued in Suleja on Monday afternoon.
Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Bala Elkanah, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Minna that normalcy has, however, been restored.
“A thieve who stole a handset stabbed the owner in the stomach when he was pursued. A mob that witnessed the act stabbed the thief back in retaliation.
“The patrol team of the police intervened quickly and took three persons with fatal injuries to the hospital. On reaching the hospital, all of them died unfortunately.
“So, we’ve restored normalcy and urged all residents to go about their normal businesses as we continue with our investigation towards finding the perpetrators of this heinous act,” he told NAN.
An eyewitnessed told NAN that some roads were diverted from the scene of the accident between the Emir Roundabout and the Police ‘B’ division by security personnel.
Commuters going to Abuja and other destinations have to divert to alternative routes Tuesday morning to get out of town.