A 37-year-old housewife, Rahab Emmanuel, has narrated how she was almost lynched by a mob who wrongly accused her of stealing a man’s genital at Gosa village, along Airport Road, Abuja.
Narrating the incident to the FCT commissioner for Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Mr. Ezekiel Musa Dalhatu, who visited her on Saturday, October 14, to get her side of the incident, the mother of four said she was invited by a neighbour to come and wash some clothes for her children.
According to Mrs. Emmanuel, she met a man standing at a kiosk who gave her N200 to buy biscuits for her accompanying kid.
Rahab said as she was moving around trying to trace the house of the woman who invited her to come and wash clothes for her, suddenly the man who gave her N200 to buy biscuits raised the alarm that his genitalia had stopped functioning.
According to her, upon hearing about the incident, some youths in large numbers rushed to the vigilante office where they went to report the matter and started beating her.
“It was at the vigilante office that the boys were beating me after they tied my hands. Even when I picked up my phone to call my husband, they seized the phone from me,” she added.
She said it was some neighbours who identified her that quickly put a call across to her husband who immediately arrived at the scene and reported the matter to the police.
The FCT PCC commissioner, Ezekiel Musa Dalhatu, who said the matter has been reported at the Trademore Estate Police Division, urged the police authorities to swing into action to ensure justice is done for the woman.
He also cautioned members of the public to stop engaging in jungle justice over any suspect accused of genital theft, saying some innocent people who were wrongly accused of stealing genitals have lost their lives for what they did not do.
Meanwhile, a video sighted on Facebook shows the woman being interrogated before she was beaten by the youths in the area.