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Angry residents set robbery suspect on fire in Anambra



A gang of armed robbers has attacked a house in Ezi-Ogidi, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State and abducted a female occupant after stealing valuables on Wednesday.

The suspects were on their way to their hideout when they were intercepted by residents of a neighbouring community along St. Monica College, Ogbunike Road in the Oyi Local Government Area.

The residents were able to apprehend one of the suspects and rescue the kidnapped victim, but one of the robbers was set ablaze in the process.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident, saying that police operatives in the area were alerted, but one of the two arrested suspects had already been set ablaze before they arrived at the scene.

Ikenga said, “In the early hours of May 3, 2023, police operatives attached to Ogbunike Division, while responding to a distress call along St. Monica College Road, Ogbunike, arrested one Jamui Emiron, 22, and recovered one already damaged yellow Mitsubishi L300 bus with number plate Anambra UKP 729 A.


“The suspect was among a gang of armed robbers that attacked and robbed occupants of a residential house in Ezi-Ogidi, abducted a female victim and was en route to their den before policemen were alerted.


“Members of the neighbourhood had already supported the police by blocking the exit points within the area, intercepting the vehicle and apprehending two of the gang members, while others escaped.


“Unfortunately, upon the arrival of the police operatives, one of the suspects has already been set ablaze by the mob, and the criminals’ operational vehicle damaged. The operatives rescued the victim and arrested the second suspect and also impounded the vehicle.”

The rescued kidnapped victim is currently receiving treatment at a hospital, while the suspect in custody is helping the police with the investigation.

The state Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, has urged people to avoid taking laws into their hands and resorting to jungle justice. He emphasized that all suspects should be handed over to the police for appropriate investigation.

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