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Five members of a vigilance group in Kano State, have been sentenced to death by hanging for their involvement in the extrajudicial killing of a 17-year-old male, Ahmed Musa.

The incident occurred in January 2022, when the victim was accused of theft.

The vigilante group members reportedly attacked the victim, beat him severely, and then stabbed him on the neck before bundling him into their waiting tricycle and whisking him away.

The trial, which lasted for over a year, saw the prosecution present evidence of the vigilante group members’ involvement in the killing.

The defense argued that the group was acting in the interest of the community.

The Chief Judge, Justice Dije, presiding over the Kano State High Court, sentenced the five defendants to death by hanging, ruling that the actions of the vigilante group members were illegal and violated the victim’s rights to a fair trial.

The case highlights the recurring issue of extrajudicial killings in Nigeria and the need for proper law enforcement. It also raises concerns about the use of vigilante groups in the country and the importance of upholding the rule of law.

Extrajudicial killings have been a recurring issue in Nigeria, with reports of police brutality and human rights violations.

The use of vigilante groups as a means of enforcing the law has also been a controversial topic in the country.

While some argue that these groups are necessary to maintain order and security in communities, others argue that they often act with impunity and violate the rights of citizens.

The sentencing of the five defendants is a step towards justice for the victim and his family. It sends a message that extrajudicial killings will not be tolerated in Nigeria.

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However, it also highlights the need for proper training and regulation of vigilante groups in the country.

It is important for the government and law enforcement agencies to take action to address the issue of extrajudicial killings and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.

This includes proper training and regulation of vigilante groups, as well as improving the capacity of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of extrajudicial killings.


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