From Okey Sampson, Umuahia
Angry mob today burnt two suspected robbers alive in Aba, Abia State. The two were set ablaze for allegedly stealing a generator set.
Reports had it that the suspects were caught in the early hours of Friday while they were conveying power-generating sets they allegedly stole from a popular fashion designing plaza situated on Hospital Road, Aba.
Most residents said they were shocked that the incident which took place just five poles away from the Aba Area Command Headquarters did not attract any attention of the police until the suspects were lynched
Sources said that within a space of three months almost all the fashion designers at the plaza have lost three power-generating sets each with no trace.
The situation it was gathered led to the employment of some security guards who could not solve the problem as the stealing continued on monthly basis.
According to an eyewitness, “The truth is that before those two criminals were killed, both confessed that their informant is one junkie. That junkie is known by everyone here. He has been the one telling them when the coast is clear to steal.
“We caught them and they demonstrated how they normally use our water reservoir drums to climb into the first storey before combing the rest of the upstairs to steal, drop on the ground and go to sell.
“This morning before they were caught, they’ve already stolen two 2.5kva-SPG-300 and were on a mission to steal the last one when they were caught through an alarm raised by one of the tailors who didn’t go home but worked overnight in his shop.”
Information has it that among the two burnt suspects, one was identified as ad-hoc staff of the Abia State Environmental Sanitation Agency (ASEPA) who worked at the receptacle located at Jubilee Road by Asa Road where they usually hide stolen generator sets.