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Angry Mob Set Suspected Motorcycle Thief Reportedly Ablaze in Ibadan

An unidentified man alleged to be an Okada thief was on Friday morning, today, burnt to death at the Mile 110 roundabout end of the MKO Abiola Way, Ring-Road, Ibadan.

An eyewitness told the Nigerian Tribune that the alleged motorcycle thief was chased from an unknown location where he was said to have stolen a motorcycle to the spot.

The eyewitness further disclosed that the said motorcycle was retrieved from him before he was eventually set ablaze by the mob at the scene.

Another eyewitness, who is also a resident of the area said that: “We have been at the mercy of the thieves in this area for quite sometime now. Though I am not really comfortable with the jungle justice, but I think it serves him right.”

When contacted, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olugbenga Fadeyi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), confirmed the incident when contacted. He said the two robbers had snatched an Okada (motorcycle) from Olomi area of Ibadan on Friday morning, and they were trailed by angry youths down to 110 Round About, where one escaped but the other one was unlucky.

The police spokesperson assured that investigation has commenced into the matter, while the Okada that was snatched has been recovered to the Oluyole Police Station, Ibadan.

He said “The guys were two. They went and snatch okada (motorcycle) at Olomi area of Ibadan. And they were on the trail, they were caught at that Round About there, 110 Round About , where the mob clamped down on the two of them .

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“One escaped and the other one was not lucky, and they beat him to death . And set him ablaze there. The motorcycle has been recovered to the Oluyole Police station and the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO) is making frantic efforts to meet with the Ministry of Environment to evacuate the corpse to the mortuary, while investigation has commenced on the matter to know the remote cause why they went and rob the Okada operator.” He said.

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