Two persons suspected to have snatched a motorcycle in the early hours of Thursday, have been burnt to death by a mob, who happened to be bike riders in the Ijokodo-Sango area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The suspects who were burnt to death at WAEC junction opposite LAPO Microfinance Bank, were reported to have met their waterloo after they made an attempt to carry out a criminal activity, Ologuneru, Ibadan.
One of the eyewitnesses, who pleaded anonymity at the scene of the incident, stated that the suspected bike snatchers were three in number, adding that the third person who had a gun in his possession, managed to escape the scene.
In his words: “The thieves were beaten mercilessly before the police officers arrived and took them in their car, on their way to the station one of them lost his life and the other was still alive but this made the police drop both of them in front of LAPO microfinance bank along WAEC junction.
“Before they were dropped, the Okada men who caught the thieves had rained beating on them. They were following the police vehicle, as soon as the police dropped the thieves, the mob went ahead to get petrol and burnt both the one that was dead and the other one who was still battling with his life”, he added.
Similarly, another anonymous source stated that the thieves were chased from Ologuneru area to the spot where they were burnt, adding that they were three in number and the third person who escaped was the one with the gun.
“It was the Okada men that carried out the jungle justice, when they caught them, they beat them mercilessly and the police passed the scene without intervening, which prompted the Okada men to quickly burn them”.
In the meantime, the gory body of the burnt suspects were still at the scene as at the time of filing this report, and an effort to reach the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Oyo State Command, Adewale Osifeso, proved abortive.