A SUSPECTED member of a five-man robbery gang was on Wednesday burnt to death by residents of Calabar, Cross River State.
The gang was said to have terrorized shop owners and traders at the nearby Akim market.
Eye witnesses said that neighbors and onlookers braved the odds and
confronted the gang. In the melee, four of the suspects fled.
According to a student of the International Institute of Journalism who said he was passing by when the suspect was about to be lynched, the burnt suspect attempted to escape.
He struggled to free himself from the mob but he was overpowered and sprayed with petrol and burnt.
The student said that he informed the state mobile security outfit, the Quick Response Squad, as the mob was about to set the suspect ablaze. Before help could come from the QRS, the suspect had been beaten to a pulp, sprayed with petrol and burnt.
One of the shop owners expressed joy at the timely and swift intervention of the mob, saying that her life would have been at risk if help had not come from the neighbors.
The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, John Umoh, told journalists that he was yet to receive information about the death of the suspect.
Last month, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Osita Ezechukwu displayed large amount of bullets, guns, charms, human skulls and machetes that were recovered from suspected armed robbers, and warned that it was no longer business as usual for cultists, criminals and armed robbers in the state.