A certain Nigerian woman who was killed in Bauchi on suspicions of being a suicide bomber was in fact mentally ill and not involved in terrorism.
Ms. Thabita Haruna, 33, was set ablaze by a mob last Sunday after she refused to be searched by vigilantes at the entrance to a marketplace in Bauchi.
An eyewitness told the AFP news agency that the woman came under suspicion when two bottles were found strapped to her waist.
The mob placed a tyre sprinkled with petrol over the woman’s head and set it ablaze after she was beaten.
Police say that she was dead by the time they arrived the scene. Earlier reports had indicated that the woman was a teenager.
The woman’s family says she had worked as a market trader until 2007, when she became mentally ill.
Police are investigating the attack and have yet to make any arrests.