Ahamefule Chime, Onitsha
Two suspected armed robbers who operated on motorcycle believed to have been terrorizing residents of Nkpor and its environs in Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra state were on Tuesday set ablaze by angry mob.
Trouble started for the robbers when they wanted to snatch money from a Northern trader who came to procure goods at the Nkpor New tyre market.
Operating on their bike, they stopped the trader along the Onitsha/Enugu expressway, close to the market at a gun-point and ordered him to hand over the money he was carrying in a bag to them.
As he was about to resist the order, they shot at him three consecutive times but the bullet did not penetrate his body. Seeing that the bullet did not penetrate they sensed danger and were about to runaway when the trader brought out his knife and stabbed one of them on the chest.
An on-coming vehicle hit their bike and both fell off as they mounted on their bike to run away. On lookers who were watching the event immediately mobilized themselves, turned to a mob, arrested the two robbers and set them ablaze.
On a tip off the Police stormed the scene, recovered their gun and motorbike which they took away while the bodies of the robbers were being roasted there. Contacted, the Ogidi Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr. Hassan Musa, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was on going.