An irate mob attacked a Chinese national who had refused to comply with normal security procedures at Wuse market, Abuja last Friday morning.
The foreigner, who described himself as the “head of the Chinese business unit in the embassy” and who was traveling with another compatriot, resisted the order to open the boot of his Honda sedan car, which had diplomatic license plates, upon arrival at the gate of the market.
It was gathered that the diplomat further angered the crowd by boasting that he would call security chiefs to lock up anyone who threatened him and his fellow Chinese national in the vehicle.
As tempers flared, the mob set out to drag the occupants out of their car, and it took the quick intervention of the Abuja Market Authority Management and Security officials to secure them from being lynched.
In the process, one of them had his shirt torn to pieces. He also claimed the sum of N100,000 was stolen from his car.
The diplomat, who is obviously well connected, bragged to the mob in the presence of a SaharaReporters contributor, and after he made some calls, apparently to top security chiefs, officials of the Department of State Security Service, Ministry of Interior, Policemen arrived at the scene.
The management of the market was compelled to make available to the diplomat the sum of N100,00 and a new shirt before he stepped out of the car to write a statement, which he did at the police post inside the market.
It is not clear if the diplomat will press further charges, but he seemed to be a bit calmer when he drove out of the market, having demonstrated his connections, several security agencies appearing at the speed of light to rescue him.
One angry witness noted that he enjoyed the full service of the Nigerian state “showing little regard for laws or basic rules and regulations in the market”
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