A man in his early twenties narrowly escaped a mob lynching in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after allegedly robbing a sex worker following his patronage. The incident took place on Sunday at Ojotolane Street, Mile 3 Diobu.
Reportedly occurring around 11:10 pm, the unidentified man is said to have snatched a bag of money from a sex worker at a brothel near the Azikiwe area of Mile 2, Diobu, immediately after utilizing her services. In an unexpected turn, the sex worker pursued the robber fervently, determined to retrieve her stolen funds.
In a bid to evade capture, the man leaped into a nearby drainage. The commotion attracted the attention of a crowd, including the sex worker and a concerned landlord named Mr. Shine Ibe. With the alarm raised by the sex worker, the crowd banded together to extricate the man from the drainage, preventing the dire consequences of mob justice.
The sex worker recounted her side of the story to the assembled crowd, alleging that the man had forcibly seized the bag containing her earnings before fleeing her premises shortly after engaging her services. The escalating situation was averted by the intervention of local landlords, who restrained the mob from taking matters into their own hands and harming the young suspect.
During an interview with authorities, the apprehended individual offered a surprising justification for his actions. He claimed that he resorted to theft due to his dissatisfaction with the service he had received from the sex worker. Allegedly, she had not fulfilled her agreed-upon commitment, leading him to take matters into his own hands.
Subsequently, vigilante operatives in the area took custody of the suspect. However, the bag of money in question had yet to be recovered as of the time of this report. The incident serves as a reminder of the complex social and legal issues surrounding sex work and criminal activities in the region.