A suspected serial burglar has been rescued by the officers of the Delta State Police Command from being lynched by angry mob in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
Naija News reports that the suspect named Akpomoghena was almost set ablaze on Thursday, May 19, after he was caught at Egbe Layout, Off Sokoh Estate Road.
According to report, a staff of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), who was distributing electricity bills found the suspect wandering in the area.
The BEDC staff initially thought the suspect was a colleague as he was carrying a bag with tools.
However, upon interrogating him, the suspect began to fidget, raising the suspicion of the BEDC staff, who put a call across to a resident of the layout informing him that he found a stranger lurking around.
Thereafter, a mobile policeman at the gate of the layout was alerted and immediately mobilized to an apartment in a four-flat storey building where the thief had entered.
After a more thorough search, the burglar was smoked out and apprehended in the kitchen where he was hiding.
Some of the residents, who knew Akpomoghena, descended on the suspect with clubs and whips after which they brought a tyre, a keg of fuel and insisted on burning him alive.
The timely intervention of police operatives from Ugborikoko Police Station saved the suspect from being set ablaze.
He was later whisked away to the Ugborikoko Police Station where, according to the police, he would be charged to court soon.