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Man set on fire for stealing pot of soup
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Man set on fire for stealing pot of soup

How cruel?In what could be described as the worst case of man’s inhumanity to man, a mob lynched, butchered and eventually set a young man ablaze for  allegedly stealing a pot of soup!

The incident which happened beside Atu Secondary School fence along Goldie Street in the heart of Calabar, Cross River State, we gathered, occurred after the man and two others for allegedly attacked the woman at Mayne Avenue Extension and took to their heels with their loot-a pot of soup

They were allegedly attracted by the aroma of the soup the woman was warming for her family’s breakfast before heading for early morning mass at nearby St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

A young man, who lives in the same premises with the lady, said as the robbers were about to get out of the compound with the pot of soup, the woman raised the alarm, prompting neighbours to go after them. They caught up with the one carrying the pot of soup and dealt him several machete cuts before setting him ablaze.

An eyewitness said: “It was almost dawn when the boys attacked the woman and carried away her pot of soup. When they were about getting out of the compound, she raised alarm and people came out, pursued and caught up with one.”

He said the boy was not able to run as fast as his accomplices because of the pot of soup he refused to drop.

The eyewitness said: “This is not the first time they have come to our compound to steal. Last week, they removed the car battery of one of our neighbours and once night falls, they waylay people, especially ladies, around Goldie by Atu and snatch their handbags and phones.”

The burnt remains of the man was still lying by Atu Secondary School fence late yesterday, and the authorities are yet to comment on the incident.

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