Though one of the car battery thieves who were caught in the early hours of Saturday by some vigilant young men who had kept vigil around the area, following cases of car battery theft in the area, sustained machete cuts on his right hand and other parts of his body, however their identity could not be ascertained.
Southern City News reported that an eyewitness, Akan Umoh, said the thieves had successfully removed the battery from the vehicle but were immediately apprehended as they were about to run with the stolen item. They were then tortured and asked them to run away by the youths who nabbed them, believing they would die as a result of the severe wounds inflicted on them.
“They had stealthily opened the bonnet of the car and removed the battery from the car and were about to run away when the youths apprehended and beat them up.
“They were stripped naked and machetes were used to slash their heads and backs with blood gushing out of their bodies. In order to avoid police trouble, the youths asked them to run away out of the scene with the belief that much damage had been done to them and that they might later die as a result of the degree of injuries” he said.
However the wounded thieves went to hide themselves in an undeveloped bushy plot of land opposite the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Mathew Okoro who also confirmed the report, said the suspects also ran into a nearby petrol station to escape lynching, but were sent out by the attendants.
“They hid themselves there while blood was still gushing from their bodies. Just this morning (Saturday), some people from Big Qua Town who were passing through a short cut route in the vacant plot saw them and raised the alarm. A mob again began to chase and beat them.”
The car battery thieves were then held hostage, until a police team later intervened and took them away.