By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Luck ran out of four suspected robbers who were caught in their illegal act and treated to jungle justice by youth of the area on Tuesday night while trying to rob a pregnant woman of her valuables along Abak Road Flyover, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said the incident occurred at about 9 pm, when the woman was immediately surrounded by the robbers who accosted her by the flyover
According to the eyewitness, the woman who was returning from somewhere was said have been dropped by a commercial motorcyclist popularly called “Okada” before the gang men accosted her.
He said Okada who drove off after dropping his passenger; made a u-turn back to the scene upon suspected danger against the passenger he just dropped following screaming sound he heard from a distance.
The eyewitness added that two of the robbers on sighting the Okada fled after they had successfully dispossess the lady of her valuable items, while the other two were not as fortunate.
Another eyewitness and resident of the area who also pleaded anonymity said the Okada, who immediately alerted others, engaged in a battle with the hoodlums and rescued the woman who had sustained a severe hand injury in the process
He recounted that the two suspected robbers caught were overpowered by the mob who beat them blue-black with all available weapons and later, set them ablaze”. The eye witness recounted
Another witness, Mrs. Arit Archibong regretted that that the flyover area has been a den of criminals for some years now, saying that about four rape cases were reported within the turnel in December 2019.
She blamed incidences of crime around the area on the incessant blackout and porous security in the area.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, SP Odiko Macdon confirmed the incident but frowned at such jungle justice, stressing that it has no place in the law.
“It is unfortunate that they were already set ablazed before we got there. Jungle justice has no place in the law. Every accused is innocent until proven guilty by the law”.
The PPRO who cautioned that the command would no longer tolerate such acts, declared that it was better for nine thieves to be allowed unpunished than for one innocent person to be killed in error.
SP MacDon however said that the command has liaised with the state waste management authority to evacuate the remains while investigations were ongoing to unravel those behind the act.