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Motorcyclist Found Dead In Niger Bush

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Umaru Ndana, a missing commercial motorcyclist has been found dead in a bushy area around Mokwa local council, Niger State.

Family sources said he was killed by suspected bike snatchers lording over the area.

The deceased’s lifeless body was found  under a cashew tree along Ndayako road.

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Mohammed Mamman, a source familiar with the incident, said the deceased motorcyclist went missing on Sunday.

According to Mamman, the deceased’s brother, Shaba saw him about 3 pm on Sunday, but did not return home.

“His brother phoned me at midnight, saying Umaru Ndana was missing since Sunday afternoon,” said Mamman. “In the morning, we searched everywhere but to no avail. We went to Vigilante’s office but he could not be found.”

Mamman told WikkiTimes  they had also searched the police station in Mokwa, “but his name was not among the detainees.”

“One of us suggested that we should visit the overgrown cashew tree along Ndayako road and luckily, we saw his lifeless body there,” he said, adding the deceased’s motorcycle was not found.

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Ya Babagogo, one of the deceased’s brothers was stunned when sympathisers flooded his residence to pay him condolences.

“Ndana’s body was found under cashew trees,” he quoted the sympathisers to have said. “His body was covered with leaves excluding his legs.”

Babagogo suspected that his brother was killed with a hammer

“The thieves used a hammer to  murder him because his head was broken including his forehead and they took away his bike,” Babagogo said. “And he just bought the bik.”

Mohammed Abdullahi, a Social Welfare Officer, confirmed the incident saying details can’t be shared for now.

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As of press time, Wasiu Abiodun, the Niger State police Spokesman, was not available for comment. Neither did he pick calls nor respond to inquiries sent by WikkiTimes. 

However, between November, 2021 to January, 2022, about 9 okada riders were hacked to death along the axis where Ndana was killed, according to residents.

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