Breaking: 5 Killed In Onitsha Over Alleged Tricycle Theft

Breaking: 5 Killed In Onitsha Over Alleged Tricycle Theft

  • No less than 5 suspected robbers were burnt to death in Anambra state on Saturday evening while attempting to steal a tricycle
  • The incident happened around the old Nkpor - Onitsha road, near the headquarters of the People’s Club
  • Eyewitnesses said the assailants ran out of luck, were caught and beaten to a pulp while trying to steal a tricycle and were later burnt to death

Onitsha, Anambra - It was a sight of terror in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra state, when 5 young men in their early thirties, suspected to be robbers, were burnt to death after they harassed a commercial tricycle operator and attempted to steal his tricycle.

Legit ng's reporter in Anambra, Mokwugwo Solomon, noted that the incident occurred within old Nkpor - Onitsha road, near the headquarters of People’s Club, in the evening hours of Saturday, March 25.

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Details of robbers burnt to death in Onitsha, Anambra

An eyewitness said that the men tried to steal a tricycle from the owner when they ran out of luck and were caught, and beaten to pulp, before they were finally burnt.

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He said:

"Mob that gathered after the men were rounded up, refused the advice of some people to invited the police. They first started by striping the men naked, and beating them up, and eventually, some people brought old tyres and fuel, and they were set on fire. It was a very bad sight, and everyone watched and supervised while the men burnt to death."

Another eyewitness said:

"These robbers killed a Keke driver two days earlier; precisely on Thursday, after snatching his Keke. They also killed a pregnant woman just yesterday being Friday, and they are on it again to steal. I think it was God that brought them out to meet their Waterloo."

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Anambra State Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the development when he was contacted.

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He said the suspects were already burnt to death before police operatives arrived the scene.

He said:

“Before the police operatives got to the scene at about 5:30pm, the suspects have already been set ablaze.
“The operatives, however, recovered five mobile phones of different brands and a tricycle suspected to have been stolen by the suspects, who were lynched.”

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