Two suspected armed robbers were in the early hours of yesterday roasted alive in Owerri by an angry mob that caught them in the act.
Vanguard investigations revealed that the roasted robbers and their colleagues, now at large, raided some residents of Oparanozie Street, Owerri, about three days earlier.
One of the residents of the area, who pleaded strict anonymity, told Vanguard that the gangsters wanted a repeat performance of their deadly act but met a stiff resistance.
He said: "The armed robbers had a field day the first time they struck. They stole people's personal effects and ended up raping innocent girls in the area.
"The gangsters wanted a repeat performance of their deadly act but met a stiff resistance from the residents."
The resident said the armed robbers struck again Tuesday morning at about 2am and an alarm was raised, which attracted the residents.
The angry residents gave the invading hoodlums a hot chase, caught two of them and immediately set them ablaze.
The two charred bodies were still smouldering when Vanguard visited the Edede Street/Royce Road junction scene of the incident at about 8.30am.
The Police Public relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Linus Nwaiwu, appealed to youths to stay away from crime so as not to end up in a similar way.
The PPRO, however, condemned the habit of lynching people for any alleged crime, adding that the ideal thing would be to hand over suspects to the police for proper investigation.