The rate at which people take laws into their hands is appalling and calls for a serious concern.
Barely a day after TheSheet.ng reported that a man was battered for stealing plantain somewhere in Nigeria, another man was set ablaze in the morning of Wednesday, June 29, 2016 following allegations that he was a member of a gang of rapists constituting nuisance in Ughelli and its neighbouring communities in Delta State.
According to reports, four ladies including a wife of a popular hotelier in the area had been raped by suspected members of the gang in the past few weeks.
It was learnt that residents caught him when he allegedly tried to rape a salesgirl at Adagharagba junction near the Ughelli Central Market at about 11:30am.
A resident of the area who witnessed the incident told Punch that several people had been killed and raped in the area by a group of young men who targeted sales girls and female traders within Ughelli and its environs.
The source disclosed that the suspect from Oroahakpor community in Ethiope West Council area of the state, was set ablaze after he admitted to be a member of an armed gang that rape and attack girls in the city.
Another eye witness, who also spoke anonymously, said: “The hoodlums pretended to be customers buying things in bulk hence they were allowed entering the store. But surprisingly, the next thing we heard was the screaming of the salesgirl and we immediately rushed in to found her already attacked in her pool of blood.
“Following the attack, the mob pursued the suspects until one of them was caught at Omotor Junction where he was set ablaze by angry mob before the arrival of security agents.”
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