Two well-armed theft suspects, trained in using Keke Napep to rob innocent passengers, were murdered with one other seriously injured after they were seriously beaten by an enraged mob after a failed robbery attempt.
The culprits were: Nsikan Phillip, 23 years from Akwa Ibom State, Lucky Iniokpo Lucky, 21 years and 18 years, Perekebina both from Toru-Ebeni community in Sagbama Local government Area, of Bayelsa state.
The occurrence, which happened at Dimrose street, in Biogbolo community, of Yenagoa LGA, at about 11 pm, Wednesday night, forced the whole street into excitement.
The suspects were grabbed by local vigilantes, who deliberately keep watch on several streets due to the continuous spate of robbery attacks in the state.
An eyewitness said:
“We had earlier saw the tricycle parade the area when I was going to the Dimrose junction to buy something from the store, though I didn’t suspect them but because of the way Bayelsa is we are always on red alert.
“I think the vigilante group were alerted and despite their guns and other weapons they were able to grab them, and everyone came out to mob them. I believe two died instantly by the beating and brutality from angry residents but even the one that appears alive may not survive death.”
“The people of the state resorted to jungle Justice in the past and we recorded great result because there was a wave in crime rate but for some time again I think they are back. We don’t sleep with our eyes closed, there’s hardly no day you don’t hear of robbery incident.
“It appears the state government has left us to our fate, and its only God that protects, so we are always careful and vigilant in Yenagoa.
DSP Asimin Butswat, the state command Police PRO said he was not around at the moment but will reach the command and revert on the incident before the end of the day.