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Police absence; Angry mob sets two suspected armed robbers on fire

An angry mob, on Wednesday, set two suspected armed robbers ablaze at the refinery junction, along Effurun-Sapele Road, in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.

It was learnt that the two yet-to-be-identified suspects had, earlier, allegedly shot and wounded a teacher working with the Army Day Secondary School, Effurun, Delta state.

According to eye witnesses, the suspects dispossessed the teacher of her handbag containing the sum of 200,000 naira opposite Jowil by Okoloba junction and fled.

The hoodlums, who were operating in a tricycle, reportedly, thereafter, headed for a drinking spot near the Ekpan Police Station, and ordered everyone to lie face down after which they were dispossessed of their personal belongings including mobile phones and cash.

Angered by the effrontery of the hoodlums and the seeming withdrawal of services by policemen at the nearby police station, some youths were said to have summoned the courage, mobilised themselves and went after them.

The mob, witnesses said, chased the hoodlums down to the refinery junction where they were apprehended, maimed, necklaced with used tyres, doused with fuel and set on fire.

Meanwhile, the teacher earlier robbed, wounded and dispossessed of her money is said to be receiving medical attention at the Central Hospital in Warri.

When contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident.

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