Angry mob in the Adikpo area of Benue State on Tuesday, beaten and set ablaze three persons suspected to be armed robbers who had allegedly attacked a filling station located around Y Junction before nemesis caught up with them.
According to reports, youths of the area mobilized themselves and overpowered the heavily armed gunmen before they could escape.
However, another version of the story claimed that the ‘suspected robbers’ were members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Mbadura council ward of Turan.
Some online sources revealed that the trio identified as Denen Agber Kur, Sega Agber Kur and Jagba Uhembe escorted sensitive materials for the APC primaries to their ward.
“Upon reaching Adikpo and while waiting for the distribution exercise to commence, the trio sat at a buruku joint near the Kwande APC Secretariat to sip the local brew.
“It was at that point that robbers stormed a filling station in the same location and later took off on motorbikes.
“The trio, relatively unknown faces to the angry youths of the area became suspects and were killed instantly and set ablaze,” an eyewitness claimed.
When contacted by a news reporter, the Benue State Police PRO, Moses Yamu, confirmed that the victims were actually robbers who had attacked and robbed a filing station in the area.
“Yes, we got the report this morning about three robbers that were killed around Y Junction in Adikpo. Before police men from the area could get to the scene, they have been killed and set on fire by angry community youths,” Yamu said.
When informed about the other side of the story claiming that the victims were said to be members of the APC, the PRO faulted the report, saying that, “Are they INEC officials? How do you mean by they escorted electoral materials to the area? As security men or electoral officials? I just told you what happened, they were robbers. Their bodies have being recovered and deposited in the mortuary,” he added.
Yamu said that as soon as the matter was reported to the Police station in the area,policemen were dispatched to go handle the situation but that before they got to the scene, the suspects had been set ablaze, adding that investigation into the matter has commenced.