Unidentified suspected armed robbers were on Wednesday last week burnt to ashes after they were caught by angry mob in Obong Itam, Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

An eyewitness who spoke with IBOM REPORTERS on condition of anonymity said the suspected robbers, on the early hours of Wednesday attacked one Mr Jones Akpan (not real name), shot him in the hand before disposing him of cash and other valuables.

IBOM REPORTERS also gathered that the victim raised an alarm immediately the robbers had left which attracted youths of the area who have been keeping vigil due to incessant attacks in the community.

“The youths in their numbers immediately mobilized and gave the suspected robbers a hot chase. They were caught, beaten to a pulp and set ablaze. As you can see, they’ve been burnt to ashes. The rate of crime in this community and the whole of Itu has been on the rise.”

When our correspondence visited the community, the charred remains of the suspected robbers were still littered at the scene of the incident with residents living in fear of reprisal attacks.