Three suspects, Abubakar Musa, Sarauta Monsur and Surajo Yusuf, have been arrested by the operatives of Lagos State Police Command and charged to court for allegedly beating a prostitute, Hannah Saliu, to death and setting her corpse ablaze for keeping the Holy Quran in her room.
The suspects mobilized a mob action against the victim after allegedly finding a Holy Qur’an under her pillow.
The incident was said to have happened when one of the suspects patronized the prostitute and had sex with her.
The suspect, who paid the prostitute N1,000 for her service, after leaving her room was later accused of stealing the sex worker’s N5,000.
The prostitute reportedly ran after the customer to retrieve her stolen money from him.
On getting to the sex worker’s money there was a hot argument between them and the customer invited his friends to help him.
With his friends, they searched the sex worker’s room to recover the missing money but they reportedly found a Quran underneath her pillow.
An woman, who pleaded to be annoymous, narrated how the the incident happened, saying: “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.”
Meanwhile, the state Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.to journalists.
According to him: “The case is at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, and the three suspects have been charged to court. The incident happened last April.”