Two thieves who specialized in robbing operators of Point Of Sale (POS) have been set ablaze at Ikot Oku Ikono, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
It was gathered that the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon beside the newly commissioned flyover bridge.
An eyewitness identified as Nyenime Effiong narrated that the two robbers used motorcycle and attempted to rob the PoS attendant even as one of them pointed a gun at her and snatched her purse containing money.
Effiong said the criminals had succeeded in snatching the lady’s bag but luck ran out of them when the motor cycle they came with refused to start.
He said the POS attendant raised the alarm which made youths of the area, tricycle operators give them a bit chase, apprehended them and set them ablaze immediately before the arrival of the police.
His words, “They thought their operation would be swift, but it turned to be end-of-the road for them. They arrived on motorcycle and the one on the passenger seat alighted and suddenly accosted the PoS operator with gun and demanded for cash.
“She immediately screamed at the sight of gun, and released her purse. But their motorcycle refused to kick. Then some commercial mini bus and keke drivers with other angry youths trooped to the scene, chased the thieves and caught them.
The youths interviewed disclosed that criminals, who perpetrate these nefarious activities using motorcycles “are also in the habit of targeting pump attendants at filling stations and supermarkets in the metropolis”.
The Commissioner of Police (CP), Amiengheme Andrew, according to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Odiko Macdon, had warned residents not to take the laws into their hands by administering jungle justice on criminal suspects, reiterating that people should hang over suspects to relevant security agency.
“Jungle justice has no place in law”, he said, advising that “civilians have power to arrest suspects, but must hand them over to the Police for diligent investigation and prosecution”.