Two suspected armed robbers have been burnt beyond recognition after being caught on Saturday at Ekpo Eyo by Unwanse, Calabar South.
According to Grassroot Report, a resident of the area who preferred anonymity said that the hoodlums who were three in number were pursued from Orok Orok through Ekpo Eyo.
The robbers who were said to be armed shot at the boys who were pursuing them but they kept pressing. He said ” they were three in number.
One of them hid behind a transformer in the area to avoid being caught but unfortunately, he was caught. While one escaped, two were not lucky”. The unidentified robbers were said to have had their bodies mutilated before they were eventually burnt.
As of the time of filing this report, their corpses were yet to be evacuated from the area. In a telephone chat with Grassroot Reporters, the police Public Relations Officer in Cross River State, DSP Irene Ugbo said the police is aware of the incident and have launched a man-hunt for the perpetrators.
“Yes I’m aware of the incident. The report got to me early this morning. According to what we gathered, three of them were on a mission when eventually the people of the area caught them. One of them escaped with a gun while two were unlucky and were lynched”. She added that “Whatever it is, we don’t encourage any member of the public to take laws into their hands. We have been preaching against such acts.
It’s an unfortunate one. Our DPO have gone to the area to see if they can arrest the perpetrators. They were suppose to arrest them and hand them over to the police, not to take laws into their hands. So, we are working on it”.