Two suspected robbers said to be specialising in stealing from Point of Sale, POS operators and other soft targets in the Uyo metropolis, were on Wednesday set ablaze by angry youths who overpowered them.
Reports have it that the incident occurred at about 10:30 am, when two robbers on motorcycle tried to overpower a PoS attendant, while dispensing cash to customers at Ikot Oku Ikono, near the newly commissioned fly-over bridge, on the outskirts of Uyo.
A tricycle operator, Nyenime Effiong, who witnessed how the occurrence unfolded, told journalists that the suspects ran out of luck, when the alarm raised by the PoS attendant attracted angry youths, who pounded on them and immediately set fire on them before the arrival of Police operatives.
“They thought their operation would be swift, but it turned out to be end-of-the-road for them. They arrived on motorcycle and the one on the passenger seat alighted and suddenly accosted the PoS operator with a gun and demanded for cash.
“She immediately screamed at the sight of the gun, but in a swift reaction, some commercial minibus and tricycle drivers with other angry youths trooped to the scene, chased the thieves to where they were overpowered.
“Before the motorcycle rider, who was still steaming the bike while waiting for his fellow accomplice to get the cash from the attendant could escape, he was apprehended before he could speed away”, he explained.
The criminals, who perpetrate their nefarious activities using motorcycles, according to some vigilant youths, “are also in the habit of targeting pump attendants at filling stations and supermarkets in the metropolis”.
Worried by the new wave of crimes hitting some soft targets as the yuletide approaches, the youths, according to Effiong Bassey, have formed some vigilante groups in some crime-prone streets in the capital. including Ibiam, Atiku Abubakar, Ikpa road, Urua Ekpa, Ikot Oku Ubo and other adjoining streets.
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