LUCK ran out of five suspected kidnappers were on weekend, burnt to death by natives along Afuze-Uokha Road, Uokha, Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State
It was gathered that the suspected kidnappers, armed with assorted guns, attacked and abducted some travellers who they took into the bush.
However, they were arrested by vigilantes who brought them out of the forest but residents of the community, on sighting the kidnappers, snatched them from the vigilantes and burnt them to death.
It was further gathered that unknown to the kidnappers, the vigilantes had gotten wind of the kidnapping incident and had mobilised and waylaid the suspects into the bush as they were taking their victims to captivity.
“The kidnappers would have been contacting the families of the abducted travellers to ask for ransom if not for the bravery of the vigilantes while locals who were fed up with the criminal activities of these kidnappers set them on fire and left to die,” the source said.
Confirming the incidents, the Spokesperson, Edo State Police Command, Kontongs Bello, said that investigation into the matter were ongoing.
“After the kidnap, the vigilantes went in search of the criminals who they apprehended in the bush. As they were coming out in Uokha Community on their way to the Police station, angry youths in Uokha and adjoining towns took away the suspected kidnappers from the vigilantes. All efforts to get the suspects to the police proved abortive as they were burnt to death. The investigation is ongoing,” he added.