Tragedy was averted on Friday in Lagos State after an ex-convict escaped being burnt to death for alleged theft.
The suspect, Victor, who scaled a fence into a compound on Karaa Street, Ajao Estate of the state, was apprehended by security operatives.
Security men on the street put a tyre on him and were about setting him on fire when residents of the area intervened to save his life.
In his confession, Victor said he thought all the occupants of the house had gone to work but he was spotted by a neighbour who raised the alarm.
While being beaten, he confessed that it was his third attack on the house.
“Before I went to jail, I had robbed the same compound two times. When I got out of jail, I came back again to rob the compound,” he confessed.
The residents however handed the suspect over to the Ajao Estate Police Command, where he is currently still being detained and investigated.