Police have arrested two persons for allegedly making the joystick of a 17-yearold boy, Suleiman Usman, to ‘vanish’ at Lambata in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State. A witness, Mohammed Tsado, said the victim told him that one of the suspects alighted from a car and asked him to shake him but he declined.
But the suspect insisted by asking him whether he was not a Muslim. After accepting the handshake, Usman, according to the witness, realised that his joystick had vanished and then he raised the alarm. Another witness, Zakari Mohammed, said the suspects ran into their car and sped off but were intercepted at Muye by vigilantes who had been tipped off. However, the aggrieved youth descended on the suspects and attempted to lynch them. But, the police intervened and took the suspects to the station.
The suspects were allegedly asked to restore the victim’s joystick. Usman was then taken to a commercial sex worker to confirm whether his joystick was still functioning. He said his joystick was back but he could not ‘perform’. The youth of Lambata later thronged to the police station and threatened to attack the suspects.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, said it was a sensitive case that required professional handling. He said: “But, the angry youth did not allow the police to do their job. I can assure you that we are on top of the matter and we will ensure the case is handled amicably.”