An angry mob Monday set ablaze a middle-aged man Emma, Blue, suspected to be a criminal in Warri, Delta State. The deceased was burnt to death at the First Marine gate junction along the Warri-Sapele road, Warri South LGA of the state.
The alleged criminal was said to have been picked-up by the mob on Sunday night and held in custody till yesterday before he was burnt to death. The incident caused gridlock on the busy Warri-Sapele while onlookers watched pitifully.
Some of the people who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity, said the deceased was a notorious criminal in the area.
"The boy’s name is Emma Blue; he is a notorious criminal in this area; he has been arrested several times and released by the police. This time around, he went to rob and was caught in the process. They should continue to burn them to serve as deterrent to others", the source said.
Another source said the jungle justice meted out on the suspect would go along way to stemming criminality in the metropolis.
"Setting criminals ablaze is good because people don’t have much confident in the police. When a criminal is arrested before you know it, he is released,’’ he said. It would be recalled that four suspected criminals were set ablaze on April 24, 2016 at various locations in the Warri metropolis by mobs.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Delta Command, Celestina Kalu, said she was yet to be briefed on the development when she contacted on phone.