Barely two days after two kidnappers were burnt to death in Bayelsa State, another suspected petty thief has been lynched and burnt to death by an angry mob at the Swali Market area of Yenagoa, the state capital.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Butswat , confirmed the incident .
The suspect, Gift Clement, 30-year old, was said to have specialised in robbing traders and customers at gunpoint with members of his gang.
Luck, however, ran out on him when he and one of his gang members snatched the handbag of a lady who raised the alarm and a mob was said to have descended on him , lynched and set him ablaze before a team of policemen could come to his rescue.
His partner was said to have escaped, however.
A trader in the market (name withheld), said the hoodlums robbed traders and customers on a daily basis, attributing it to the “ poor security situation” in the market area .
She said , “ They are two , but one of them has been killed . One managed to escape . Once it is 5 o ’ clock , everybody is running out of the market because they don’t want to be robbed at gunpoint. If you make a small sale of N2,000, you will be afraid because you don’t know whether you will take it home or not. ”
Also Speaking, an eyewitness, Mr. Paul Onyeka, said the bandits have been tormenting residents within the Swali Market area .
“ I saw people gathered . I saw one boy they caught with a gun around where they sell watermelon . Some policemen tried to rescue the boy but some group of boys refused”, he added.
He noted that the pressure from the petty thieves was much, adding “Those bad boys have been tormenting people in the market everyday , robbing people of their monies and phones at gunpoint . ”