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Three men who were caught while trying to steal armoured cables in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, were given a bizarre form of jungle justice when they were stripped naked and beaten to a pulp before they were handed over to security operatives.

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According to eyewitnesses who posted the incident on Instagram, the suspects said to be notorious vandals, had sneaked into an electricity transformer enclosure around Udi Street in the town and started cutting the cables before luck ran out on them and they were caught red handed.

An alarm was raised immediately before they could escape and the mob which gathered, descended on them. They were tied to the metal frames of the transformer and given the beating of their lives before they were rescued by the police.

A resident of the area who witnessed the scene, narrated:

“The transformer in this street was vandalized over a month ago, and since then we have been in a total blackout.

When we reported the matter to the Enugu Electric Distribution Company office in Umuahia, they promised to replace the vandalized cables, but they are yet to do that, so the residents of ward three held a meeting where we agreed to form a vigilant group and also levy each building N1500 to fix the light problems here."

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"When we captured the thieves, they confessed to be responsible for vandalization of the transformer and also named another member of their gang and a suspected buyer of the stolen cables.

We traced the other suspects to houses in town and got them too, we have handed all of them over to the police this morning.”

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