By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Correspondent, Lagos/
LAGOS- A commercial sex worker identified as Hannah Saliu has been killed and her body set ablaze somewhere in Alaba Rago area of Lagos state by suspected Muslim fanatics for allegedly keeping an Holy Quran under her bed. Sources said trouble started for woman of easy virtue after a man also identified as Abubakar Musa said to be of Islam by faith visited her and for a fee of N1000.
After the whole show sources said, the woman started looking for her N500 naira and suspected that her last caller must be the one who may have taken it. She promptly raced after him demanding for her missing money.
But in a twist of fate, Abubakar reportedly beckon on his friends and they descended on the hapless woman. While beating her, one of Abubakar’s friends was said to have spotted an Holy Quran in the room of the victim and demanded what a person of her caliber could be doing with Holy Quran. She was then beaten to death and her body set ablaze.
A source told CrimeWorld magazine online that, “What happened was that the girl was a prostitute and a customer patronized her and after sleeping with her, the customer paid N1,000 for her service.
“But when the customer was leaving, he stole the prostitute’s N5,000 and after discovering that her money had gone missing, the prostitute chased him to ask for her money.
The Northerners, who were with the customer that the girl accused of stealing her money, asked if she was sure that he stole her money. So, they decided to go and search her room where she attended to her customers. While searching the room, they found Quran under her pillow and started asking what she was using the Quran for as a prostitute. So, they started attacking her; they stabbed her, took her out and set her ablaze.
The incident happened at Alaba Rago, where a lot of Northerners reside.
The girl that was killed also came from the North. Their grouse was that she was not supposed to be carrying Quran because of the kind of work she was doing.”
The state Police Public Relations, SP Benjamin Hundeyi who confirmed the incident said, “The case is at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, and three suspects have been charged to court. The incident happened in April. After thorough interrogation, the police found them culpable and subsequently charged them before the Ebute Metta Magistrates Court for conspiracy and murder, which attracts life imprisonment if they are tried and found guilty before the Court.
A source identified the suspects as Abubakar Musa, Sarauta Monsur, and Surajo Yusuf.
However, when they were arraigned, the court did not take their plea after the prosecutor, Inspector Olatunde Kehinde, asked the Court to refer the matter to the DPP for advice since the alleged crime was a capital offence punishable by death.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. F.M.Kayode Alamu, ordered their remand in Correctional Centre pending the outcome of the DPP’s advice and directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send it to the DPP. The matter was adjourned till 29th June, 2022, for report of the DPP to be available, which will determine if the matter will be transferred to the High Court or not over jurisdiction
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