Angry villagers set ablaze two robbery suspects allegedly caught robbing a woman of her Android phone
The incident occurred Sunday evening at Afor Akuma Market square, in Akuma Community in Oru East
Local Government Area of Imo State.
the victim had gone to buy something. According to eyewitnesses, the suspects and another member of
their gang, who operated on a motorcycle, stopped in front of the woman and ordered that she handed
over her Android phone to them.
But, the woman refused and instead raised an alarm which alerted the villagers even though
one of the robbers pointed a gun at her.
The villagers, most of who were watching football from a nearby viewing center, mobilized against the robbers
and attacked them.
The robbers were said to have been emboldened by their ‘odeshi’ charms, which made them withstand gunshots
from some vigilante operatives.
While one of them managed to escape, the unlucky two were nabbed, beaten to a pulp, and taken to the market
square where they were set on fire by the mob.
They were said to have operated from Umutanze Community in Orlu Local Government Area and were notorious
for robbing a Bet9ja outlet and other business centers in the community of huge sums of money in recent
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, told our correspondent that he was yet to get
information about the incident.