There was a pandemonium in akwa ibom as two suspected armed robbers were burnt to death on Tuesday, while two others escaped after allegedly robbing a pregnant woman on the Abak Boulevard in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
It was gathered that the pregnant woman was surrounded by the robbers after she alighted from a motorcycle around 9pm.
It was learnt that the motorcyclist, who had left the scene, was forced to rush back when he heard the woman screaming for help.
According to an eyewitness,who spoke on condition of anonymity, said two of the robbers ran off on sighting the motorcyclist after dispossessing the woman of her valuables, but the other two could not as the motorcyclist raised the alarm, which attracted some residents of the area, who surrounded the robbers.
It was also gathered that the robbers had already inflicted injuries on the hand of the pregnant woman.
“Luck ran out on two of them when they were overpowered by the men, who beat, stoned and locked them up in a tunnel and set them ablaze,” the eyewitness recounted.
Mrs Arit Archibong,a resident of the area,lamented that the flyover area had become a den of criminals.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the robbery, however,was not happy on the resort to jungle justice, stressing that such had no place in law.
He stated that,“It is unfortunate that the suspected robbers were already set ablaze before we got there. Jungle justice has no place in law. Every accused person is innocent until they are proven guilty under the law.
“It is better for nine thieves to be allowed to go unpunished than for one innocent person to be killed in error.
“We have liaised with the state waste management authority to evacuate the remains of the deceased, while investigation is ongoing to unravel those behind the killings.”