Suspected thief burnt to death for stealing handkerchief in Anambra
Charles Nwoke, Awka, Nigeria
May 11, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources.
A yet-to-be-identified man was on Monday burnt to death by mob action at the Nkpor junction in Idemili North Local Government Area Council of Anambra State.
According to eyewitnesses, the suspect snatched a handkerchief from a victim and bolted away, thinking that it was money.
A source who pleaded anonymity said, “The deceased, in company with his gang members, was at the junction robbing passers-by of their valuables.
“The deceased stole a handkerchief from a victim’s pocket and took off with his gang members,thinking it was money
“The victim raised the alarm, which attracted sympathizers, who immediately mobilized and pursued them.
“One of them was apprehended, while the others escaped. The apprehended robber was beaten to a pulp and asked to identify or disclose the whereabouts of his fleeing accomplices, but he refused and was set ablaze.”
The Anambra State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident.
He said the body of the deceased had been recovered, while investigation had commenced over the incident.
The PPRO said, “Around 11 am, there was a mob action on a suspected thief that resulted in the setting ablaze of the suspect at the Nkpor roundabout.
“Police operatives attached to the Ogidi Division quickly rushed to the scene, recovered the body, and cordoned off the area to prevent a breakdown of law and order.”