CITY NEWS Car thieves mobbed at Jabi

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi & Richard P. Ng­bokai

An an­gry mob yes­ter­day beat up sus­pected car thieves while they were try­ing to steal a ve­hi­cle in Jabi area of the city.

The sus­pects who were res­cued by po­lice of­fi­cers sus­tained in­juries af­ter the mob used sev­eral items in­clud­ing sticks, iron rods and ca­bles to beat up the sus­pects.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on P. O. W Mafemi Cres­cent at about 11am.

A res­i­dent, who sim­ply iden­ti­fied him­self as Ola said the sus­pects had al­ready used a mas­ter key to gain ac­cess to a Hyundai SUV parked by the road­side be­fore the owner raised alarm.

He said it was sur­pris­ing that the sus­pects could at­tempt such an act in a busy place at broad day­light.

He said one of the sus­pects opened the ve­hi­cle parked not far from a car wash on the street and en­tered be­fore the other sus­pect who was watch­ing from be­hind jumped into the car and were about driv­ing off be­fore the owner raised alarm.

“They drove off but we all took our ve­hi­cles and pur­sued them be­fore we caught up with them along Au­gus­tus Aikhomu Way,” he said.

He said the sus­pects were driven back to the spot where the car was stolen when a a crowd that had al­ready gath­ered in the area.

He said the mob ac­tion was fu­eled by the high num­ber of ve­hi­cles stolen in the area.

The sus­pects were bleed­ing and their clothes torn be­fore po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived and whisked them away in their pa­trol van.

The DPO of the Utako Po­lice Divi­sion, Mr Sani Omolori Aliyu, said the sus­pects would be charged to court as soon as the po­lice con­cluded their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The sus­pects, Solomon Bena and Vi­talis Enan, ma­sons, said they did not have a spe­cific place of res­i­dence in Abuja but sleep in con­struc­tion sites where they usu­ally work.

They claimed they were com­ing from a con­struc­tion site where they work when they saw the phones in­side and un­locked ve­hi­cle.

They told City News that their in­tent was not to steal the car but the hand­sets kept in­side the car.

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