A motorcycle operator, Ikechukwu Uroh, was at the weekend lynched by irate youth in Afikpo for allegedly stealing a motorcycle belonging to another man, Ikechukwu Evo.
Mr. Uro, a native of Amasiri community in the area, had conveyed a passenger to Ehugbo a nearby town in the area when Mr. Evo saw him and raised the alarm that the motorcycle was his missing bike.
“His alarm immediately prompted the the youths of the area to attack him,” police spokesman, George Anyanwu, said.
The spokesman said the police rushed to the scene and rescued the victim and rushed him to hospital where he died.
He said the police had launched a manhunt for the suspects, including Mr. Evo who raised the alarm.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Afikpo North local government
area, Oko Enyum, confirmed the incident.
He said the youth of Amasiri had mobilised for reprisal attack but his urgent intervention brought the matter under control.
He assured that the culprits would be brought to book by law enforcement agents.
The chairman said the perpetrators were known and were seen attacking the deceased with various dangerous objects.
Mr. Enyum said the person who sold the motorcycle to the deceased has
escaped from the community on hearing the incident.
The member representing Afikpo North/South federal constituency in the House of Representatives Iduma Igariwey, has condemned the killing.
He criticised the youth for taking the laws into their hands.
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