A tricycle operator was lynched by a mob in the Kpansia area of the Yenagoa metropolis in Bayelsa State on Wednesday.
The incident occurred following the alleged stabbing to death of a young man by the operator of the tricycle, also known as Keke.
According to eyewitnesses, the victim and the Keke rider had an argument over N50 change, which resulted in the stabbing. The victim died on the spot, and the Keke rider attempted to flee the scene.
However, some residents around the scene chased and attacked the Keke rider, stoning him to death in a fit of rage. The identities of both men involved in the incident have yet to be ascertained.
The Bayelsa State Police Command has confirmed the incidents and condemned the murder of the young man by the Keke rider as well as his subsequent lynching.
In a statement by the Command spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, the command called on residents to avoid taking the law into their own hands and to report any grievances to the appropriate authorities, News About Nigeria reports.
He said, “The Bayelsa State Police Command has deployed an anti-riot squad to restore normalcy at Kpansia and environs, over the unfortunate murder of a community youth by a tricycle rider.
“The youth was allegedly stabbed to death by the tricycle rider over a minor disagreement.
“The Command condemns the action of the tricycle rider, who was also lynched to death by irate youths and appeal to members of the community to be calm.”