A female member of an armed robbery gang and her members were saved from jungle justice by the police after robbing a bank customer.
According to Calabar Reporters, the gang were about being burnt alive by the angry mob after they stole N250,000 from a victim along Parliamentary Road in Calabar, when the police arrived the scene and whisked them away.
The suspects identified as Jennifer Abel, Augustine Ani, John Okonkwo, Nathaniel Ijabu and James Anika, according to the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Irene Ugbo, had robbed one Otamba Gabby after he withdrew the money from a First Bank branch on Marian Road but luck ran out on them as they were apprehended when the victim raised an alarm.
ASP Ugbo added that the police acted after some people sent distress calls to them.
“On November 23, one Otamba Gabby went to the bank to withdraw the sum of N250,000. He boarded a taxi when he came out.
However, he did not know that the occupants of the taxi were robbers. While in the taxi, he noticed that the money with him has been turned into pieces of papers that were neatly cut to the size of naira notes.
He subsequently raised the alarm which attracted members of the public who got hold of them.
They were about being lynched before the intervention of the police patrol team which rescued them.
"The suspects will soon be charged to court. The war against crime and criminality in the state is a continuous process that requires the collaborative efforts of all.”
On interrogation, Abel confessed to being a member of the gang, adding that her job was to monitor bank customers and inform her gang members if anyone withdrew a huge sum of money.