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Anambra CP Urges Citizens to Shun Mob Action as 2 Robbers are Lynched

By Ikeugonna Eleke

The Anambra State Police Commissioner, CP Echeng Eworo, has urged indigenes of the state to shun mob action that can result in death.

This is coming as two alleged armed robbers met their waterloo in Onitsha, beside Conoil Filling Station, along the Express road last week.

The alleged armed robbers were said to have come on a motorcycle and had robbed some Awada residents of their money, phones and other items, and shot severally in the air to scare people, before trying to escape.

A source said the robbers were unlucky as they were given a hot chase and captured after the MCC Junction where the residents placed the motorcycle on top of them and burnt them.

Reacting to this, the Commissioner of Police Anambra State Police Command, CP Echeng Echeng, urged members of the public who resorted to jungle justice to exercise restraint and hand over suspects to police for proper investigation.

In a press release made available to Fides by the spokesperson for the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, Echeng said information revealed that at about 5:30pm on January 19, the yet to be identified armed suspects, operating with a motorcycle, robbed some persons in their shops at Awada.

‘During a hot chase by an angry mob when they discovered the robbers were using a toy gun, accosted the suspects at Oraifite Street by Ogbo Bread and set them ablaze with their motorcycles,’ Ikenga said.

The Commissioner who frowned on such act thanked the members of the public for assisting the Police in apprehending suspected criminals but urged them to always exercise restraint by not taking the law into their hands.

‘They should endeavour to take such suspects to the nearest police station whenever they are apprehended. This will afford the Police the opportunity to conduct appropriate investigation into the nefarious activities of the suspects and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws,’ the police boss stated.