Two deadly armed robbers have escaped death by the whiskers after they were thoroughly beaten to a pulp and set ablaze only to be rescued.
Two armed robbers were beaten to a pulp and nearly burnt to death in Akute, Ogun State after angry mob set them ablaze for allegedly stabbing a 23-year-old man to death with a poisoned knife.
The deceased identified as Wale Adekoya, had visited a friend, identified only as Femi, in the neighbourhood on Monday when the incident happened.
It was gathered that the robbers identified as Umar Muhammed and one Ali who came to the area to snatch a motorcycle from a commercial motorcyclist, popularly called okada rider, around 10pm, stabbed Adekoya in the buttock and left him in a pool of blood.
According to Punch, the okada rider called for help, prompting them to flee. The deceased, a barber in Ikorodu, responded to the distress call and gave the robbers a chase.
It was while he was running to confront the robbers that he got stabbed. It was gathered that he threw a stick at the robbers which forced one of them to fall down. As he wanted to nab the robber, he tripped and fell. When the robber saw that, he brought out a poisoned knife and stabbed him.
A resident, who identified himself only as Omo Alhaja, said the thieves were beaten to a pulp, after they were apprehended, Wale was rushed to a private hospital in the area, where he died.
The mob became more infuriated when news spread that the barber had died of the poisoned knife wound. The angry mob located a tyre and set the armed robbers ablaze.
The robbers were however saved as policemen from the Ajuwon divison intervened before they could burn to death.
Omo Alhaja said: “Wale came from Ikorodu to visit a friend, Femi. He was eating noodles at a canteen when he heard the okada rider shouting for help.
“He chased them with a stick which he threw at them. He had almost reached where one of them had fallen when he also fell. It was in the process that he was stabbed.
“When people learnt he was dead, they became very angry and set the robbers ablaze. If not for the policemen, who rescued them, they would have been burnt to death.”
The robbers were taken away by the police while the remains of the deceased were deposited in a morgue.
The Ogun State Police spokesperson, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspects came from the Magodo area of Lagos.
He said, “The suspects are with us. They attempted to rob the motorcyclist of his motorcycle. One of them stabbed the deceased while he was chasing them. They were almost lynched when the police arrived at the scene and rescued them from the mob.”