Posted on October 4, 2004

‘That Politician Stole My Penis’

AFP,, Sep. 30

A mob in northeast Nigeria has beaten a government official to death after he was accused of causing a man’s penis to disappear, police said on Wednesday.

Jibril Na-Allah, a local council official from northern Kano State, died on Monday from his injuries in a hospital in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a police spokesman said.

Na-Allah had travelled to Maiduguri to attend a two-day workshop, and was asking for directions to a restaurant when he was attacked along with his three companions.

As they were talking, one of the mob suddenly claimed to have lost his penis and accused Na-Allah and his companions of being responsible — providing an excuse to attack the men, police said.

The three others managed to flee the scene but Na-Allah was overpowered and severely beaten.

Eight people have been arrested following the incident, the spokesman said.