An infuriated mob on Tuesday allegedly beat a secondary school dropout, simply identified as Chidozie and set him ablaze for stealing mobile phones at Iyang Edem by Mount Zion in Calabar, Cross River state capital. Chidozie, according to reports, belonged to a five-man robbery gang. On the said day, Chidozie and his gang members allegedly visited Atu Secondary School, where they attacked a teacher and dispossessed her of valuables, including her phones. Unfortunately for the gang, residents in the neighbourhood had been trailing them as they had been terrorising the area. According to an eyewitness, luck ran out on Chidozie who could not run as fast as his gang members.
The eyewitness who spoke on conditions of anonymity said, “He was unfortunate, because the others escaped. “Due to the spate of armed robberies in our area, they did not spare him because he refused to accept that the phone was with him. “They beat him to death and then set him ablaze. “We learnt that Chidozie was just released from prison last week and he was also rusticated from Atu Secondary School when he was in Senior Secondary, SS 2 due to the nefarious activities he was involved in,” the witness added, noting that they were happy that he was killed on the spot. As at press time, Chidozie’s remains were still by the road side and the Police Public Relations Officers, PPRO, Irene Ugbo, could not be reached for comments.