Assailants hack man to death in Jos

A newly married man, who was identified as Lawal Bala, was  on Wednesday hacked to death by unknown persons at his house at layin Sidi, Gangare, in Jos North local government area of Plateau State, shortly after he returned from business.
The deceased, a 30-year-old butcher, was allegedly heard screaming and staggered outside with a knife protruding from his neck.
An eye witness who pleaded anonymity told Daily Independent that she saw the deceased outside his house with a knife protruding from his neck, while his wife, Maryam Yahaya, screamed, “They have killed my husband.”
The ugly incident, Daily independent gathered, attracted crowds of sympathisers from the community, who gathered at the entrance of the deceased house, wailing, while others insisted the wife of the deceased be produced.
Police officers from, ‘C’ Division, Jos, took the body to the Plateau State Hospital for post mortem, while the wife was taken to the police station.
It was gathered that some youths accused the deceased wife for the act. They asked: “Why did she attempt to run, why didn’t she scream?”
But late Bala’s elder brother, Hamza Dikko, who is the Chairman of Butchers Association, Gangare ward, and Chairman, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Gangare, said: “Lawal never complained to him about his wife. Their marriage would be exactly one month this Saturday, and we were at the mosque for Zuhur prayer earlier in the afternoon.”
A friend of the deceased, Zakaria Aliyu, said: “We were together this afternoon, and then 40 minutes later some one called to tell me that Lawal has been killed, that a knife was used to slit his throat.”
Aliyu described the deceased as “a very calm person. I cannot tell you that Lawal has enemies. We grew up together and Lawal will not hurt a fly.”
He added: “On hearing the news, I immediately went to the house and there was blood everywhere.
“I just couldn’t look at him; we then went to the Gangare police station to report the matter.”
Confirming the incident to newsmen in Jos, Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Felicia Anslem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said “some armed men went to the house of Lawal Bala while he was with his wife and used a machete to slit his throat.
“However, investigation is still on to get to the root of the matter.”
A source at the ‘C’ Division explained that “the deceased’s wife is a very young girl, not more than 17 years old,

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