John Ator, the suspect 
Emmah Unah

A twenty five year old man,  John Ator,   on Wednesday was allegedly caught stealing  two basins of garri at the  Marian market and was about to be lynched when he dramatically escaped while the  mob was hunting for petrol  to set him alight.

 The man who  was caught at the market with two basins of  garrri  at the market was about to be lynched when he escaped with the motor tire hung on his neck  waiting for fuel.

Ator who is accused to have formed the habit of stealing garri from the market was  unlucky on Tuesday as he was  caught in the act when the traders decided to lay ambush  for him.
One of the market managers who pleaded anonymity stated  that following reports  of  frequent garri theft in the market they  decided to lay ambush to find out who the thief was

 "Ninety Nine days for the thief, and one day for the owner. That is  the case with  this young man,  John Ator, who is now caught as a garri thief who has been a thorn in the flesh of garri women traders at Marian Market, Calabar as he was caught stealing two basins  of garri in one of the shops in the  market early hours of  this morning (Wednesday)
 The man stated.

He narrated further that  this  act of stealing  garti which has become a regular occurrence at the Marian market without  knowing those behind the crime  got to its peak when traders began suspecting one  anther so the  market authorities decided to lay ambush for the thief. Fortunately for the traders  the thief was caught

The traders angered by the action of the thief  descended on their numbers and   stripped him naked and hung a condemned tyre around his neck in. readiness to roast him alive but the absence of fuel stalled their action. Ir was while waiting for fuel that the thief used the.

A  search party was  dispatched to comb the neighbourhood to track him but could not locate him.
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