In the late hours of Sunday, three persons were set ablaze by angry mobs in Abuochichie junction in Bekwarra LGA of Cross River State for allegedly stealing motorcycles and robbing people in the area.
According to residents, the suspects were specialized in stealing motorcycle robbing and terrorizing the people in the area.
Odiong Kevin, an eyewitness said: “They were caught in the act by villagers who brought them to the popular junction and set them ablaze.”
Another eyewitness, Andrew Okpeche, who gave the names of the suspects as Ironman, Ogar and Olom said the suspects were members of a syndicate who specialized in stealing motorcycle and re-selling them in piece to spare parts dealers in Ogoja and Ikom in Cross River and Vandika in Benue.
“Ironman, Ogar and Olom have been in the ugly trade for long and they have made quite a fortune from the illicit trade over the years but luck ran out on them on Sunday when they were caught in the act.
“They also rob people at gun point on the road, especially during market days because a lot of people come from far and wide to buy yams and garri from the market.
“They have information about the traders.
“Two of them are from Bekwarra while the third person is from Obudu. One of them is a father of three but we know him as a notorious criminal because he started robbing market women years back.
“The people of Abuochichie have warned them severally to desist from such trade but they refused, that was why the angry mob burnt them to death,” Okpeche said.
The Commissioner of Police CP Mohammed Inuwa Hafix when contacted said he was yet to be informed.