Some angry youths have reportedly burnt two thieves who were caught at a Point Of Sale (POS) machine in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday, 8th December.
The thieves were reported to have successfully robbed some persons at the POS machine and just as they attempted to escape, their motorcycle was unable to start up.
One of the victims of the thieves was a lady who raised an alarm, which alerted the residents of the Ikot Oku Ikono area in Uyo, of the incident. The angry residents reacted by setting the thieves ablaze.
One of the onlookers of all that has happened named Nyenime Effiong relates to the security operatives how the two robbers used their motorcycle to overpower the POS attendant near the newly commissioned fly-over bridge.
Effiong explained that the POS attendant was dispensing cash to some customers when the robbers broke out. The criminals were unfortunate as their motorcycle became faulty and they could not escape.
According to Effiong,
“They thought their operation would be swift, but it turned to be end-of-the-road for them. They arrived on a motorcycle and the one on the passenger seat alighted and suddenly accosted the POS operator with a gun and demanded cash.
“She immediately screamed at the sight of the gun and released her purse. But their motorcycle refused to kick. Then some commercial mini-bus and Keke drivers with other angry youths trooped to the scene, chased the thieves, and caught them.”
The community vigilante group made known to the witnesses that the criminals always targeted pump attendants at filling stations and supermarkets in the area.
The Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Amiengheme Andrew related his thoughts on the actions of the angry youths through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon.
“Jungle justice has no place in law, he said, advising that “civilians have the power to arrest suspects, but must hand them over to the Police for diligent investigation and prosecution.”
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