A suspected Shila gang member who was lynched and set ablaze by angry mob in Jambutu, a suburb of Yola, the Adamawa State capital was rescued by the police.
An eyewitness told our reporter that the incident took place at about 5:00pm on Wednesday.
He noted that the Shila boy who snatched a phone from a lady in public glare was accosted by the mob after they were attracted by the cries of the robbed lady.
“The loud shriek of the lady attracted the attention of the people who immediately accosted the suspect.
“The suspect was unlucky as the tricycle he was using abruptly stopped and he tried to escape by foot.
“The angry crowd caught up with him, beat him to pulp and set him on fire. But he was lucky the Jambutu DPO who was close by and immediately rescued the boy,” the source said.
Confirming the incident, the image maker of Adamawa State police command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje said if not for the timely intervention of the police, the suspect would have been burnt to ashes.
He appealed to people to desist from taking the laws into their hands but should contact the police whenever there is breakdown of law and other.
“Yes the victim has been rescued by the police and has been taken to hospital. The police as usual will investigate the incident and will bring anyone found taking laws into his hands to book,” he said.
Recently an angry mob killed three suspected Shilla gang members and set them ablaze in Nassarawo area of Jimeta sparking fears that unless something drastic is done, the scourge will take a nasty dimension.
Shilla boys has in recent times constitute the most worrisome threat to security as they have been maiming and even killing innocent people while trying to disposes them of their valuables.
Recently, the state commissioner of police, Olugbenga Adeyanju has constituted a taskforce to deal with the miscreants and has since started making arrests and recovery of dangerous weapons from the arrested suspects.