Three men were burnt alive by an angry mob in Ezelu Okwe in Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State on Wednesday for allegedly abducting a baby.
According to a source in the community, “They kidnapped the baby boy and took to their heels immediately. The baby’s mother raised an alarm immediately which caught the attention of youths around. The youths quickly intervened and caught the three young men”. The men were caught and set on fire almost immediately by the mob.
According to the source, the youths set the men on fire instantly because a similar incident had happened in the community a fortnight before, when kidnappers had stolen a baby from the mother. “The youths were angered by the fact that a baby girl was stolen by suspected human traffickers in the community two weeks ago,. So when they caught these ones, they wasted no time in setting them ablaze. This is to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to engage in such inhuman act in future in the community” The source said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Andrew Enwerem said that though he had received information, the details of the incident were still sketchy as he was still awaiting full details from the LGA Divisional Police at the time.