Two suspected robbers set ablaze by youths along Nkume junction by Mgbabano-Umuaka Road, Eziama Obaire in Nkwere council area of Imo State.
The suspects allegedly perpetrated their nefarious acts using motorcycles.
The remains of the suspected thieves were still burning when our correspondent visited the scene.
It was gathered that the incident occurred this afternoon when four robbers on two motorcycles tried to overpower a commercial motorcycle rider at Nkume junction by Mgbabano-Umuaka road, Eziama.
An eye witness, Chikezie Nwadike stressed that the robbers who were members of a notorious gang of four men using two Motorcycles to operate were about to rob a commercial motorcyclist before luck ran out on them.
Nwadike highlighted that the alarm raised by the commercial cyclist attracted angry youths, who caught and pounced on the two of them and immediately set them on fire after two other suspects escaped.
He explained that “they thought their operation would be swift, but it turned out to be the end-of-the-road for them. They arrived on two motorcycles and the two on the passenger seat alighted and suddenly accosted the Commercial cyclist trying to snatch his bike.”
“He immediately screamed at the sight of a gun but in a swift reaction, irate youths trooped to the scene, chased the thieves to where they were overpowered.”
“They were beaten blue-black, which resulted in their death before they were set ablaze.”
The situation has reportedly put fear on motorists and pedestrians plying the axis.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abbattam , highlighted that he had not been briefed and promised to call the DPO of the area where the incident happened.