At least 2 persons have been arrested in connections with a mob action that led to the death of a soldier, Lance Cpl. Ayuba Ali, on Monday in Akwanga, Nasarawa state.
The spokesman of the Nasarawa state Police command, DSP Kennedy Idirisu, made this known on Monday in Lafia while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
It was gathered that the soldier, who was on pass from Maiduguri, allegedly hit a street hawker at Agwan Affi area of the town while riding on a motorbike.
According to Idirisu, the victim, who was in mufti, tried to pacify the hawker and an altercation ensued resulting in irate youth beating him to coma.
The spokesman further said the soldier later died at the hospital, while investigation has begun.
He said efforts have been intesified to arrest all the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
Mr. John Abimiku, an eyewitness who lent voice on the incident said that the area has been deserted for fear of the unknown.
“As I speak with you now, about four military trucks are stationed in the area and soldiers are picking up any youth on sight,” Abimiku added.
He claimed that the two persons arrested by the police were amongst those who took the soldier to the hospital after the mob action.