An angry mob on Thursday night set a suspected robber ablaze along Jakpa Road, Uvwie council area of Delta state.
The incident took place around 10 pm by Small Market off the very busy route.
It was revealed that the deceased was suspected to be part of a four-man gang, which snatched a tricycle otherwise known as Keke Napep from an unidentified individual at gunpoint
The suspect was said to have alighted from the tricycle around the spot but on sighting some vigilante members took to his heels.
However, he was caught by another set of vigilantes who had been alerted and angry residents, who got wind of the situation, reportedly mobilized to the scene, got hold of the suspect and set him on fire.
When contacted, Delta Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe confirmed the incident, adding that a member of the gang who fell off the moving tricycle was in police custody.
He explained that men of the Warri ‘A’ Division received information that a Keke was snatched at Hausa Quarters in Warri South LGA and went after the gang.
The other three escaped with the Keke. Messages were sent to all the local vigilantes who intercepted them somewhere in Ekpan. Two jumped down and escaped, while one was caught by the vigilante.
But unfortunately before the police got there a mob had already overpowered the vigilante and set him ablaze. But while they were about burning the Keke our policemen got there.
Though it was damaged, we were able to recover the Keke. It is the locally made gun they were using to rob with two cartridges and some jewelries that they had stolen that were recovered, Edafe stated.