The police have explained why they could not rescue a young man , who allegedly robbed and raped a girl in Calabar , Cross River State , and was beaten to death by a mob on Christmas Day.
Explaining what happened , the state Police Public Relations Officer , DSP Irene Ugbo, said the victim “ later died because he couldn ’ t survive the assault on him . ”
Ugbo stated , “The police rescued him but before we could take him to hospital , he died .
We could not make any arrest . In the case of a mob action, it is difficult to investigate.
Nobody has come to lay any complaint .
“ We will try to reduce jungle justice and possibly eradicate it .
We will continue to sensitise the people to the danger and the offence of killing another person .
It is an offence. It is unfortunate that when such things happen , it is not easy to grab somebody. ”
It was gathered that the incident happened on Wednesday on the Ekong Etta Street by Okoro Agbor .
An eyewitness said the girl ’ s scream attracted people , who came to her rescue.
“ The mob chased after the man and caught up with him , while his two accomplices escaped.
The mob beat him to death, ” the eyewitness said .
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