The Evangelist News Edition, April 15, 2023. By Iniobong Ekponta
Angry youths of Aka Offot community in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital have set ablaze a petty thief, said to be part of a syndicate specialising in dispossessing unsuspecting members of the public of phones, cash, laptops and raping many innocent young girls.
This paper last Friday gathered from a local resident of the community, Inyeneobong Umoh, an eye witness, that following a tip – off, the youths who were mobilised, laid ambush and seized him in the act, while other accomplices fled.
He said: “Cases of stealing of phones, laptops, cash and raping of young unsuspecting girls around the community and the Udo Udoma Banking Layout have become alarmingly high, forcing the community youths to lay ambush, which eventually paid off with the arrest of one of them.”
He added that the angry youths defied police warning against jungle justice following rampant cases of such incidences in the community and other parts of Uyo metropolis including Itam, Atiku Abubakar, Idoro road and the Ibom Plaza axis.
“The young man was burnt at Aka Etinan, but he ran away from the spot with tyre on his neck and was intercepted at the Aka junction and several machete cuts inflicted on him before he finally breathed his last,” the eyewitness said.