Sunday, 15 April 2018

3 burnt to death in C-River over motorcycle theft

CALABAR— It was the end of the road for three
suspected motorcycle robbers as they were
burnt to death by a mob at the popular
Abuochichie Junction in Bekwarra Local
Government Area of Cross River State.
An eyewitness, Andrew Okpeche, said the
suspects were members of a syndicate, which
specialised in stealing motorcycles and
knocking them into pieces before selling them
to spare parts dealers in Ogoja, Ikom, Vandikia
in Benue State.
He said: “The three of them—Ironman, Ogar
and Olom— have been in the ugly trade for long
and they have made quite a fortune from the
illicit trade over the years. But luck ran out on
them yesterday, when they were caught in the
act.
“They also rob people at gunpoint on the road,
especially during market days because a lot of
people come from far and wide to buy yams
and garri from the market.
“So they have information, trail people and rob
them of their cash, besides their motorcycle-
snatching business.
“Two of them were from Bekwarra, while the
third person was from Obudu. But they
connected well because of their trade.
“One of them was a father of three, but we
know him as a notorious criminal because he
started out robbing market women years back.
“The people of Abuochichie gave them a long
rope by warning them several times to desist
from such trade. But they refused. That was
the reason they were set ablaze at the
junction.”
Police keep mum
Efforts to reach the state’s Police Public
Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo, were
unsuccessful as she neither picked calls nor
replied messages to her mobile.
Meanwhile, a Police source told Vanguard that
it was true that three persons were burnt to
death for stealing motorcycles.
The source said: “Before our men got to the
scene at Abuochichie Junction, it was already
too late. They were burning due to the petrol
and tyres the mob used.

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