Man Set Ablaze For Stealing Motorcycle In Akwa Ibom State

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A man in his 30s was burnt to death, this morning, by an angry mob in Urua Ekpa Junction in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.

The mob had pursued the suspect after making away with the bike which was parked in front of a fuel station, few kilometers from AKBC Transmitting Station, Ntak Inyang.

An elderly man who claimed ownership of the motorcycle, said he was shocked as he watched the deceased unlock his bike with the aid of a master key, prompting him to inform people round the vicinity, who helped catch the suspect and set him ablaze.

Before operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, could arrive the scene, the mob had already poured petrol on the suspect and burnt him beyond recognition.

An eyewitness, Itoro Umoh, identified the suspect, describing him as the serial robber, whose stock in trade was to steal motorcycle packed at the fuel station by people who come from Itu and Ibiono Ibom LGA for business.

Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Odiko MacDon, confirmed the incident, describing the jungle justice as unfortunate and encouraged people to always report criminal matters to the police instead of taking the law in their hands.

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