A large group of people on Sunday, August 23, in Calabar, Cross River state butchered and set a young man ablaze for reportedly robbing a woman of a pot of soup while two of his accomplices got away.
According to Vanguard, the suspected thief in company of two others were said to have attacked the woman early in the morning at No 3, Mayne Avenue Extension in Calabar South.
It was gathered that they were attracted by the smell of the soup the woman was heating up in readiness to eat with her children before attending morning mass, when they decided to cart away with the pot of soup.
A young man who lives in the same premises with the lady, who prefers anonymity said: “It was almost dawn when the boys attacked the woman and carried her pot of soup and when they were about getting out of the compound, she raised an alarm and people came out and pursued them. They caught up with the one carrying the pot of soup and dealt him several machete cut before setting him ablaze.”
He also said the man was not able to run as fast as his accomplices because he not drop the pot of soup but was running with it which gave the mob the opportunity to catch up with him and butche him.
According to him: “This is not the first time they have come to our compound to steal. Last week they removed the car battery of one of our neioghbours and once night falls, they waylay people, especially ladies around Goldie by Atu and snatch their handbags and phones.”
A similar case took place in Lagos state when a suspected thief who was caught stealing a brain box from a car on Wednesday, August 19, was reportedly beaten and set ablaze by an angry mob in Apapa area.