Angry residents of Umuawom village, Ihodimeze community in Ikeduru council area of Imo State on Wednesday set aflame a fleeing prisoner, who returned home from the Owerri Correctional Centre.
The fleeing prisoner, whose identify couldn’t be ascertained as at press time, was said to possess hailed from the nearby Ogwa community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State but grew up in Umuawom village, which is his maternal home.
He was said to possess been involved during a kidnap activity that involved one among the families in Umuawom village but was eventually apprehended and remanded in custody for over one year.
However, when he escaped from the Correctional Centre last Monday, he was said to possess gone straight to at least one of the families that testified against him and threatened to affect them.
It was gathered he attempted to hold out his threat by attacking a member of the family in Umuawom village with a gun.
Village sources told the state that daring move prompted villagers to pounce on the invader and immediately set him ablaze.
Spokesman of the Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, said he had heard about the incident but couldn’t officially confirm it.