The security issues within the country has become very frustrating to an extent where Nigerians have resort to a ‘let-us-help-ourselves’ situation when confronted with threatening security circumstances.
In a country of about one hundred million citizens, security agencies still struggle with ensuring security of lives and properties amidst changing security challenges in the country.
The residents of a suburb known as Biogbolo, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, showed their level of frustration yesterday when they pounced on four armed robbery suspects and beat two of them to death after a failed robbery attempt.
It was gathered that one of the suspects escaped, while the fourth member of the gang was seriously injured before the police rescued him from the mob.
The incident was said to have caused heavy traffic along the popular Mbiama Yenagoa Road until men of the state police command intervened.
The four suspects were said to be notorious criminals that terrorised and robbed residents around the Otiotio/Erepa business district, majorly populated by Hausa traders.
According to PUNCH Metro, the robbery gang ran out of luck when they tried to rob a passerby who had only N1,000 in his pocket.
The man was said to have raised the alarm to alert traders and residents, who summoned courage and descended on the hoodlums.
It was also gathered that these robbers, believed to be in their late 20s, were reportedly beaten up by passersby and residents after they were caught.
A resident in the area while commenting on the incident was quoted saying, “We suffered a lot from those guys; they robbed us and went free. The police were not doing anything about them; they moved freely with firearms in the state.”
Another witness said, “At least we will be free for some time now; this is the first and we will continue with this kind of action since the government and police have refused to come to our rescue. Jungle justice will persist so that they will reduce in number; they rob people and cross to the other side of the community every day. We are on red alert now.”
The Bayelsa State Police Command said remains of the two suspected armed robbers killed by the mob had been recovered and deposited in a morgue.
The police spokesperson, DSP Asimin Butswat, who confirmed the incident, said two locally-made pistols were recovered from the scene, adding that the deceased had yet to be identified.
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