Enugu State Police Command has confirmed that two suspected robbers and cultists were on Sunday beaten to death by a mob in the state after they were caught robbing a victim.
According to a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, the incident happened on Sunday.
Amaraizu gave the names of the suspects as Okeme alias Pikin and Philip Onyebuchi alias Akwara. He said the suspects had been terrorising residents of Abbi and Adani in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state with their nefarious activities.
“Just as the saying goes, every day is for the thief but one day is for the owner of the house. It was gathered that on the fateful day, these suspected hoodlums emerged from the bush in their usual way to unleash mayhem on the innocent citizens.
“They were resisted by their victim who raised alarm. The alarm raised attracted the attention of angry mob from Abbi and Adani communities who immediately gave them hot chase.”
He said before policemen arrived at the scene, the mob had already beaten the suspects and inflicted various degrees of injuries on them.
“They were promptly rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention but were later confirmed dead by a doctor on duty.
“Their dead bodies have been deposited at the hospital mortuary.’’
Amaraizu said the suspects who had been on the wanted list of the police are members of the dreaded Malaysian Forest boys, who had been operating from the bush.