A mob has burnt two persons to death after it apprehended them for attempting to dispossess a woman of her belongings, along the Onitsha-Owerri Road in Anambra State, Nigeria’s Southeast.
The suspected robbers operating in a tricycle had pretended to be fellow passengers along with the victim who was travelling on a tricycle.
They were said to have pointed a gun at the woman, but she was quick to raise an alarm which attracted passers-by. Following, a mob pounced the three male occupants of the tricycle and burnt two to death while the third escaped with his life.
An unnamed eyewitness said of the incident: “For some days now, a robbery gang has been using tricycle to rob unsuspecting passengers, pretending to be tricycle operators.
“Luck ran out of these ones today as they brought out a gun and were trying to dispossess their passenger, a lady, of her handbag, phone, and other items, she shouted.
“It was her shout that attracted people to the scene. The three of the robbers were apprehended.”
The Commissioner of Police for the state, Echeng Echeng, warned the public against jungle justice.
“They should endeavour to take such suspects to the nearest police station whenever they are apprehended. This would afford the police the opportunity to conduct appropriate investigation into the nefarious activities of the suspects, and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws,” he was quoted to have said.