Less than 24 hours Governor Godwin Obaseki appealed to the police in Edo to return to the roads, suspected mob Tuesday lynched two suspected armed robbers and set them ablaze for alleged robbery.
The two suspected robbers were apprehended near Okah Market by Sokponba Road where they were beaten with clubs and set ablaze by the youths believed to be from the area.
An eye witness said that the robbers came early in the morning robbing market women and other early risers going to their work places.
He added, “There have been regular cases of robbery around Sokponba Road due to the fact that the three police stations along this road namely St Saviour, Ugbegun and Idogbo were burnt. There is no single presence of police post or any other security agency here.”
In a related development, a suspected armed robber was almost mobbed when he went into the banking hall of a new generation bank along Sapele Road and took two bales of N200,000 behaving like a staff of the bank.
He was sighted by a customer who later raised an alarm and the man was apprehended.
Two knives were recovered from him and he was rescued by the bank security and later taken to the Edo State Police Command.
Also, Point of Sale (PoS) operator was allegedly shot by gunmen when she resisted them as they wanted to forcefully collect cash from her. A
Toyota Camry car was reportedly snatched at gunpoint along Mission Road on Sunday around 5 pm while another car was snatched by Uwasota in Ugbowo the same day.
There have been increased cases of robberies and violent crimes in the state since policemen abandoned the streets as a result of burning of 10 police stations and injury to offficers in the wake of violent dimension the EndSARS protest assumed.
Recall Governor Obaseki on Monday also promised to rebuild the destroyed police stations, pay the medical bills of personnel injured and purchase patrol vehicles for the Force.