Hoodlums believed to be Almajiris have killed Loleh Lot Lucas, 23, a student of Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology, Markafi, Kaduna State, on his way home from work around 9 pm on Monday.
FIJ gathered that the attackers stabbed Lucas multiple times and struck his eye with a sharp object believed to be a knife after forcefully snatching his phone at Down Quarters, Kakuri, Kaduna South Local Government Area.
“When the incident happened, he was rushed to a nearby hospital by some well meaning people. But unfortunately, he died in the process and was brought to us for burial,” a Lucas’ relative, who asked not to be mentioned, told FIJ.
At the time of his death, Lucas was on industrial training with Crystal Clinic and Maternity, Kakuri.
“This Kakuri axis, where the unfortunate incident happened, has always been known for hoodlum attacks, mostly perpetrated by the Almajiris. People really suffer around here.
“You can’t just say you want to visit the ATMs to withdraw money. These Almajiris would just emerge from nowhere and stab you, stealing the cash you’ve just withdrawn in the process,” said Charles, a resident of Kakuri.
According to Charles, people around the area walk in groups to prevent attack by the hoodlums.
“Once you find yourself walking alone around that time in this area, the chances of you getting robbed and attacked with their knives are very high,” he lamented.
He also said the Kaduna State Police Command refused to dispatch some of its men to the area, despite several calls for help.
“I operate a barbershop here, and Lucas would always come around to shave and also charge his phone. He was a friendly and easy-going person, who neither engaged in any fight with anyone, nor perpetrated any form of vice.
“We want the Police to please come to our aid. No one in Kakuri is safe again, especially in the night. More importantly, we want justice for Lucas. His killers must be arrested and brought to justice,” Charles further said.
While speaking with FIJ, Lucas’ relatives said no police officer had visited their residence to offer condolences and talk about apprehending the perpetrators.
FIJ placed several calls to Muhammad Jalige, the spokesperson of Kaduna State Police, but they were not answered. A text message sent to his phone has also got no response.
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