Men of Bayelsa Police special security outfit Operation Doo Akpo, yesterday, saved a robbery suspect from being lynched by an angry mob on Mgbi Road in Amarata suburb of Yenagoa.
The suspect, in company of another now at large, was said to have robbed a woman coming out from one of the new generation banks at Amarata of her cash at gunpoint and fled in a get away motorcycle.
The hoodlums, it was learnt, were given a hot chase by other angry Okada riders. Luck, however, ran out on the two men when the angry Okada riders blocked them in front of the Melford Okilo General Hospital.
While one of the suspects was apprehended and given the beating of his life, the other jumped over the hospital fence and escaped into the bush.
The prompt intervention of a police patrol team that was on surveillance in the area, prevented the angry mob from setting the suspect ablaze. But the motorcycle with which the robbery suspects operated was not spared as it was torched.
Said a policeman attached to one of the patrol teams: “When we rushed to the scene, we discovered that they had beaten the suspect to stupor and were about pouring petrol on him.”