A man was caught in Akwa Ibom after he got on a bus pretending to be a passenger only to steal from one of the passengers. The man identified as Mr Uwem got into a commercial vehicle in Akwa Ibom, which was journeying to Ekom Iman junction and Uwem boarded but soon alighted along University of Uyo Teaching Hospital at Abak Road.
Immediately Uwem got down from the bus, the man beside him checked his pocket and noticed it had been emptied. He raised alarm immediately and concerned citizens looked out to see the suspected thief about to board a tricycle. He was chased and caught.
After he was caught, he was taken to Etinan park at Ekom Iman junction where he was beaten. Mr Uwem, from Ikot Akpan Abia, Ibesikpo, allegedly confessed to the crime and pleaded for forgiveness to avoid getting lynched.
“I followed him from plaza when I noticed that there was money in his pocket, please forgive me,” he said.
The suspect was later set free by Chairman of the park after pleading for mercy.