A suspected phone thief and a POS robber have been caught, killed and set ablaze by vigilantes in Ughelli, Delta State.
One of the suspects, said to be a professional phone thief, was reportedly caught after dispossessing his victims of their valuables at a building housing Kabaka Printing Press at Ekiugbo area on Tuesday, June 29.
According to an eyewitness who spoke with Nigerian Tribune, the suspect sneaked into one of his victims’ make-up store with a toy gun at 9:15am.
The store owner who was observant noticed that the suspected “armed” robber was carrying a toy gun and immediately grabbed him, while screaming for help.
“We heard an unusual noise from one of the stores in the upstairs and we rushed to see what was happening only to meet a man with a pistol rushing down from one of the apartments; then we decided to run for our dear lives,” the witness.
“We heard the owner of the Make-Up store shouting “ole ole ole,” so people started chasing him as he ran into St. Theresa’s Grammar School premise. He met his match when Ekiugbo Vigilante team, who were on hand during the pandemonium, accosted him and engaged him.”
According to reports, the other suspect was shot by vigilantes and burnt alive along Ughelli Express Road by Glass House on Sunday, June 27.
It was gathered that he snatched a phone and money from a POS operator and tried to flee on a motorcycle before he was nabbed.