Mob sets ablaze two suspected motorcycle thieves in Ibadan

The culprits were questioned before being burned alive.

Two guys were set on fire by a mob in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.

On June 23, around 6:45 a.m., an incident happened at Ijokodo along the Sango-Eleyele motorway.

In the early hours of Thursday, according to an eyewitness who gave his name as Dada Baloga and spoke to Tribune Online, the suspects allegedly stole a motorcycle from the Ologuneru area of Ido Local Government.

“This morning we heard that two boys stole a motorcycle and snatched a bag containing an unspecified amount of money around Ologuneru. Some people attacked the boys at Ologuneru, but policemen rescued them,” Baloga narrated.

“By the time some people following them on commercial motorcycles beat and stripped the duo naked around WAEC junction, the policemen that earlier rescued them at the spot of the crime in Ologuneru decided to vacate the scene, thus leaving them at the mercy of the mob.

“Part of the people following them from Ologuneru and some Okada riders overpowered them (suspects) here and were interrogated. They confessed that they came from Agodi Gate area, specialising in stealing motorcycles

“After they became very weak following the severe beating, the Okada riders scooped petrol from their tanks and used it to burn them. We called the police immediately to save the situation, but there was no response.” 

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Adewale Osifeso confirmed the incident, saying he would give details later. 

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