A five-man gang reportedly broke into a hostel in the midnight, dispossessing students of their values, including laptops, phones, electrical gadgets and house wares.
The incident occurred at the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA) in Niger State.
According to an eyewitness, residents raised alarm and the hoodlums were apprehended after an attempt to escape in a tricycle with their loot.
“The five young men came in a Keke NAPEP (tricycle) which they wanted to use to convey the items they looted. I was able to identify two of the gang members. They are security guards attached to an uncompleted building close to the hostel they broke into. One of them drove the Keke NAPEP. The identities of the other two robbers were unknown. We apprehended four of them, but one escaped,” the eyewitness stated.
Another eyewitness stated that he was awake till 2am before the burglars arrived. He noted that the shout of “Barawo” (Hausa for thief) actually woke him up.
“It was a bloody scene when the burglars were caught. They were beaten with all kinds of hard materials. We must commend students and others residents who quickly responded to the distress call and chased the bandits,” he said.
It was gathered that the quick intervention of police prevented the angry mob from lynching the suspects.