A young man who had just been released from prison after serving term for theft, was

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The victim, identified as Chidozie, was said to be a Senior Secondary School dropout and a member of a notorious cult group that has been terrorising Calabar and its environs, was said to have gone with his gang members numbering five, to steal mobile phones when luck ran out on him and he was caught in the process.

The gang, according to the report, had allegedly attacked a female teacher in the area where they dispossessed her of her phones and other valuables but when they were making their escape, Chidozie was the one nabbed and the crowd reportedly beat him to death before setting him ablaze.

An eyewitness narrated that the gang did not know that people in the neighbourhood had been keeping watch as cultists have been giving them sleepless nights in the recent past.

“Chidozie was unfortunate because while the others escaped, he was caught. Due to the spate of armed robberies and cultists attack in our area, the angry mob did not spare him because he refused to accept that the phone was with him. They beat him to death and then set him ablaze.

He was just released from prison last week, and before then, he was expelled from Atu Secondary School when he was in Senior Secondary 2 (SS2), due to the nefarious activities he was involved in," the source said.

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Another resident of the area, said the people in the area were happy that Chidozie was killed on the spot because he and his gang members had terrorised the area for long:

“That boy and his gang have been disturbing this area for a long time; they snatch bags and rob shops in the evenings.

He was so unfortunate to have taken this route after they robbed somewhere else. We are glad that they got him today.”