Angry residents of the village of Umuawom, a community of Ihodimeza in Ikeduru council district in Imo state, set fire to a fleeing prisoner on Wednesday, who was returning home from the Owerri Penitentiary that was attacked on Monday.
According to Nation, the escaping prisoner, whose identity could not be established as at the time of the press, allegedly came from the nearby Ogwa community in the Mbaitoli local government area of Imo State, but grew up in the village of Umuawom, which is his mother’s home.
He was said to have been involved in a kidnapping involving one of the families in the village of Umuawom, but was eventually imprisoned and held in custody for more than a year.
However, when he escaped from the Penitentiary on Monday, he was said to have gone straight to one of the families who testified against him and threatened to deal with them.
They gathered that he had tried to carry out his threat by attacking a family member in the village of Umuawom with a gun.
Village sources told The Nation that his bold move encouraged villagers to pounce on him and set him on fire immediately.
Police Command spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu said he had heard of the incident but could not officially confirm it.