Two unidentified suspected armed robbers have been burnt to ashes in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Sunday morning.
The victims who dispossessed victims of their valuables were apprehended while trying to attack another victim at the Gbaremu area of Ibadan by angry youths and burnt to death.
It was gathered that the victims, whose names were given as Rasheed Ololade and Temitope Samson, are currently on admission at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, where they were operated upon to remove pellets lodged in their bodies.
It was also learned that before encountering the armed robbers, the victims had gone to Premier Hotel for fun and relaxation.
When they were through at 6 pm, the duo left the hotel and was walking down the road when they were blocked by two men riding on a motorcycle between 6:30 and 7 pm.
One of the armed robbers had made a move to snatch Ololade’s phone but his feeble resistance led to him being shot.
With his phone taken from him, his friend, Samson, attempted scampering for safety but was pursued by the armed men who also shot him and collected his handset before riding off at top speed with the motorcycle.
Piqued by the attack on innocent people, an angry mob reportedly pursued the armed robbers till they were apprehended at the Gbaremu area of the city while trying to attack another victim.
A source who did not disclose his name stated that the robbers attacked a POS operator close to a hotel in the area and collected about N200,000 and a phone from him before moving to another POS operator called MaiTea. However, they failed in the attempt as the gun fired by them did not penetrate their target’s body.
Another source said that as the armed robbers attempted to escape on their bike, a taxi driver who had sighted all the happenings deliberately hit the motorcycle, and those who were initially pursuing them and the angry mob around the scene of the last operation reportedly swooped on them.
After beating them with sticks and other objects, they sprinkled petrol on them and set them ablaze till they were burnt beyond recognition.
Meanwhile, sympathizers who heard the gunshots ran to the victims and rushed them to UCH where emergency surgery was carried out on them.
When contacted, the UCH Public Relations Officer, Toye Akinrinlola, confirmed that the two-shot victims were brought to the hospital adding, that they were now in stable conditions.
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