An alleged thief who in company of his gang, specializes in snatching motor-cycles from residents of Abak and Oruk Anam local government areas met his water-looast Friday as he was burnt to death after he snatched a motor-cycle.
The alleged thief and his accomplice, now at-large carried out the act at gun-point in Obio Ibet Nkanika village in Oruk Anam local government. They were, however, given a hot chase and nemesis caught up with him in Obio Ndot, near Abak when he was arrested with the motor-cycle which his gang member who was with gun escaped.
The thief who could not be identified before he was beaten to death by angry mob and then set ablaze before police could intervene, had confessed committing the crime.
Interestingly, where he was set ablaze is close to the Abak High Court complex and 500 metres to the Abak Divisional Police Headquarters.
The Sensor Crime Desk gathered that there has been resurgence in snatching motor-cycles especially Ladys’ bike in Abak and its environments.
It was further gathered that two motor-cycles have been snatched in Obio Ndot community within one week before the last Friday mob action on the suspect.
It would be recalled that soldiers had last year in the same Abak, rescued another thief who had gone to church to steal a motor-cycle while church service was still going on. The thief after being beaten to a pulp, tyre hung on him and petrol poured, was rescued while angry mob went to bring matches to set him ablaze.
A youth leader in the area who spoke with our Crime Desk said angry mob took the action to serve as deterrent to gunmen who have made life difficult to residents. He said that the youths have no regret taking laws into their hands to set the suspect ablaze, adding that if he had been handed over to the police or other security agents, he would have been set free for him to come back and do the worst.
The youth leader called on those who engage in such act to have a change of heart, warning that the community will not spare any thief or armed robber.
Meanwhile, the charred corpse is still lying unburied as at the time of filing this report. This, it was learnt, is posing health hazard to residents of the area.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Cordelia Nwawe said she is not aware of the incident. Nwawe said she will reach back to our reporter after findings. She was yet to do so as at the time of filing this report.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Environment has been urged to evaluate the corpse so as not to pose health hazard to residents.