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Tension as Taraba youths demand justice for murdered okada rider

There was widespread fear in Wukari Local Council in Taraba State yesterday following the alleged murder of a commercial motorcyclist by suspected robbers.

According to The Guardian, the incident took place on Sunday, when the suspects asked the victim to take them somewhere on his motorbike.

However, on the way they killed him and took his motorcycle.

The remains of the murdered motorcyclist, identified as Friday Isaac John, were found on Sunday in the village of Gidan Idi.

Wondering why they killed him on the way, the family members appealed to the state government, security agencies and the council leadership for help in tracking down the culprits.

However, tensions rose yesterday when the suspects were arrested by soldiers as they tried to sell the victim’s motorcycle in Wukari, the administrative headquarters of the Wukari council.

If the security services and the chairman of the council had not intervened quickly, the suspects would have faced a full-scale trial by angry youths.

Local motorcyclists, who spoke to The Guardian by telephone, said lasting peace in the area can only be achieved if the suspects currently held by police are brought to justice.

Confirming the development, the council chairman, Agbu Samaila Dauda, ​​said: “The okada man was killed by two boys from Itulu, and the boys were arrested by soldiers in Wukari.

“When news of the killing of the young Okada man spread through the town, there was tension. The local commercial motorcyclists, who followed the army to the bush and retrieved the body of the deceased, demanded that the two Itulu boys be released to them so that they could be killed.

“The soldiers’ refusal to comply with their demands led to a peaceful protest because they were not happy.”

The council chairman, who revealed that normalcy has been restored, said: “I have met the okada people, addressed them and pleaded with them to let the law take its course.

“Thank God it is quiet everywhere and people are going about their business undisturbed. For now there is no problem.”

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