A 28-year-old man on Tuesday narrowly escaped being lynched by an angry mob after he was allegedly caught indulging in homosexuality with a secondary school student.
The suspect, who was identified as Anthony Esimoneze, was reportedly caught naked in the act with the student in a mechanic workshop in Fegge area of Onitsha.
Esimoneze was caught by a female food vendor who went to ease herself at a corner of the mechanic workshop, but saw the suspect and his partner engaging each other in the act.
A resident of the area said, “The student took to his heel immediately he saw the woman, while his partner was unlucky to have escaped.
“As soon as she saw them, she alerted the neighbours and passers-by, but the student quickly ran away before they came.
“This one was not lucky as he was immediately caught by the neighbours and passers-by after identifying him as a known homosexual, who had severally been caught and beaten.”
DAILY POST gathered that the angry mob led the suspect with used tire and petrol with the hope of taking him to a safe place for lynching when he eventually escaped.
“But while they were heading to the slaughter arena, some youths came and demanded from the suspect why he was being assaulted.
“He confessed to have committed the crime and blamed it on the devil. He however promised not do it again. While he was explaining, an argument ensued on whether they should lynch him or not, the suspect escaped.”
Anambra state Police spokesperson, SP Haruna Mohammed was unable to confirm the incident as he did not respond to calls and text messages sent to him, as at press time.
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