Irate Youths Set 22- Year Old Man Ablaze For Allegedly Stealing An Android Phone 

A 22- year old notorious armed robber simply identified as Eyo has met his Waterloo in Calabar after stealing an Android phone.

Eyo, who had been engaging in theft and getting away with it got to the dead end of his operation on Sunday as angry youths meted out jungle justice on him. He was set ablaze after several beating without anyone or security agent around to rescue him.

According to an eyewitness who narrated the incident to PM News, the suspect had stolen the Android phone on Saturday and disappeared from the area.

The incident occured at Atimbo Area of Calabar Municipality Local government area of Cross Rivers State.

After leaving the community for about 24 hours, Eyo reappeared on Sunday. Unfortunately, the youths in the area had suspected he stole the phone and had already gathered at strategic locations in expectation of his return.

He was said to have been warned on several occasions to desist from petty stealing but he would not listen.

The eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said:

“I have known Eyo from secondary school, he has always been stealing, there was a time he stole half of the class’ school fees.

“Even as we grew into our 20s, Eyo became audacious in stealing and more notorious, he was always caught stealing, this is not the first time a mob action was carried out on him, he only met his end today.

“They started by beating him with cutlass before setting him ablaze. Funny enough, it’s just for stealing an android phone,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Police Command spokesperson in the State, SP Irene Ugbo, has confirmed the incident and decried the act.

While noting that it was unlawful for people to take laws into their hands, she said the rightful thing to do was to have reported the suspect to the nearest police station in the area.

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