Three suspects have been charged to court in Lagos for allegedly burning a prostitute to death for keeping the Quran in her room.
The prostitute, identified as Hannah Saliu, was beaten and burnt to death after she was caught keeping the Holy Quran in her room in the Alaba Rago area of Lagos State.
The three suspects linked to the gruesome murder of the victim were identified as Abubakar Musa, Sarauta Monsur, and Surajo Yusuf.
One of the suspects, however, was said to have patronized Saliu and after having sex with her, he reportedly paid her N1,000 for the service and left her room.
The deceased reportedly discovered that her N5,000 had gone missing and ran after the customer and accused him of stealing her money.
The accusation, however, degenerated into an argument.
The customer was said to have mobilised his friends to Saliu’s room to search for the missing money.
While searching the place, the friends reportedly found a quran underneath her pillow.
Saliu was then questioned for possessing the Quran with the kind of job she was doing.
The customer and his friends, who became infuriated by the discovery, pounced on her, beat her up and thereafter set her ablaze.
The source said, “What happened was that the girl was a prostitute and a customer patronised her and after sleeping with her, the customer paid N1,000 for her service.
“But when the customer was leaving, he stole the prostitute’s N5,000 and after discovering that her money had gone missing, the prostitute chased him to ask for her money.
“The Northerners, who were with the customer that the girl accused of stealing her money, asked if she was sure that he stole her money. So, they decided to go and search her room where she attended to her customers.
While searching the room, they found Quran under her pillow and started asking what she was using the Quran for as a prostitute. So, they started attacking her; they stabbed her, took her out and set her ablaze.
“The incident happened at Alaba Rago, where a lot of Northerners reside. The girl that was killed also came from the North. Their grouse was that she was not supposed to be carrying Quran because of the kind of work she was doing.”
The state Police Public Relations, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the incident said, “The case is at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, and three suspects have been charged to court. The incident happened in April.”
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