Two yet-to-be-identified motorcycle thieves have been set ablaze by angry mobs in the Suleja area of Niger State.
The suspected thieves were said to have killed the rider on Sunday while trying to forcefully take the motorcycle from him.
Residents who were angered by the death of the operator ran after the suspects, caught up with them, and set them on fire.
According to newsmen, a resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “Around 4pm on Sunday, two thieves stole a motorcycle from an operator.
In the process, they killed the owner of the motorcycle and managed to run away with it. But residents ran after them and caught them. They beat them and set them on fire. The mob’s action must have been triggered by the fact that the motorcycle operator was killed. ”
The State police spokesperson, Abiodun Wasiu, who confirmed the incident urged residents to desist from jungle justice.
Wasiu said, “Around 3.45pm, information was received that two persons, who have yet to be identified but suspected to be motorcycle snatchers, were burnt to death by mob action at the Kwakwashe area of Madalla, Suleja LGA.
“Police patrol teams were mobilized to the area, and the incident is under investigation. Members of the public are advised to desist from self-help and report any incident to the police for immediate intervention.”