By Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The quick intervention of two army personnel on a motor bike saved what would have turned out to be an ugly situation when they rescued three motor bike thieves from angry mob who are bent on meting jungle justice for theft of two motorcycles.
The suspects who later identified themselves as Umaru Sani and Kenneth were said to have stolen the motorcycles around the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Kaduna but ran out of luck when one of the owners of the bikes who was outside at the time waiting for a friend raised alarm which attracted passers-by who gave the thieves a hot chase.
The suspects were said to have maneuvered their way to Independence Way, and later connected to Muhammadu Buhari Way, heading towards the popular Ahmadu Bello Way, however the mob chasing them increased and one of the thieves was knocked down by a vehicle while the other two on bike ran into head of cows on the road.
The angry mob quickly descended on them and started giving them the beatings of their lives; going as far as bringing tyres and petrol with intention of setting them ablaze.
At this point, the two army personnel arrived the scene and forcefully grab the thieves from the mob and took them to the front of Command Guest House where soldiers on guard also joined to disperse the angry mob.
However, despite this the angry mob remained undeterred as they hit the thieves with without ever came handy.
The scenario took a dramatic turn when one of the thieves grabs the legs of one of the soldiers, crying and begging him to call the police to come and arrest them.
The situation was saved as personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who was among the crowd that chased the thieves’ right from the hospital, called in their patrol van that later arrived and the speed the culprits jumped into the van was unbelievable.