A suspected thief was burnt to death by an angry mob in Ibadan, Oyo State capital for allegedly snatching a motorcycle from an ‘Okada man.’
The incident happened around 7:20 am on Friday, December 4, at the Mile 110 roundabout end of the MKO Abiola Way, Ring-Road, Ibadan.
According to an eyewitness, angry youths chased the two robbers from Olomi area where they had stolen the motorcycle and eventually caught one of them around 110 Round About, Odo-Ona area of the city. They set him ablaze after beating him with clubs, stones and other dangerous objects.
It was gathered that the commercial motorcyclist was shot on motion while being pursued by the robbers before youths in the area raised alarm and gave them a hot chase.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the incident, said the two robbers had snatched the okada from Olomi area of Ibadan and were trailed by angry youths down to 110 Roundabout.
“The guys were two. They went and snatch okada (motorcycle) at Olomi area of Ibadan. And they were on the trail, they were caught at that Round About there, 110 Round About, where the mob clamped down on the two of them.” he said.
“One escaped and the other one was not lucky, and they beat him to death. And set him ablaze there. The motorcycle has been recovered to the Oluyole Police station and the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO) is making frantic efforts to meet with the Ministry of Environment to evacuate the corpse to the mortuary, while investigation has commenced on the matter.” he added.