1st August, 2011
Two armed robbers were this morning set ablaze by a mob in Mowe, Ogun State, while other members of the gang escaped. The names of the dead robbers were given as Jimoh and Basiru.
Before they were set ablaze they claimed they had come from Idumota in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, to Mowe in Ogun State to rob.
The sum of N1.2 million cash they stole from one of their victims was also recovered from the robbers before a mob set them ablaze.
The robbers were arrested by a vigilante group after they had stormed the residence of Alhaji Abdulfatai Salisu in Mowe new site, Ogun State, at about 2 a.m. today.
They reportedly fired several shots and held all the occupants of the building hostage for about 30 minutes during the operation.
The shooting by the robbers attracted the vigilante group who laid ambush for them and during an exchange of gun battle with the robbers two escaped while two were apprehended and before the mob set them ablaze the vigilante group compelled the robbers to lead them to the house of their victims.
According to the leader of the vigilante group, James Odidi, â€œthis is a new site and when we heard the sound of gun shots we responded and hid somewhere and while they were escaping with their loot, we opened fire on them.
â€œTwo escaped while the other two were apprehended. They led us to Alhaji Salisuâ€™s house with the bag containing the money which they collected from him. We returned the money to the Alhaji.
â€œThe two robbers claimed that their other accomplices escaped with their guns.
â€œWhile we tried to hand them over to the police, a mob in the area resisted and set them ablaze, claiming that they may come back again.â€
Alhaji Abdulfatai Salisu who spoke with P.M.NEWS said: â€œ I give thanks to Almighty Allah who saved me and my family from these robbers. I am still surprised how they knew I had the N1.2 million in the house. I pray others will not come back to attack us.â€
The case has been reported at Mowe Police Division and the police said they are investigating the incident.