Three armed robbers have been burnt at Orunu junction in Ofu Local government area of Kogi State by angry youths suspected to have hailed from the adjourned communities in the area.
An eyewitness said the robbers; numbering five met their Waterloo when they took over the road, robbing commuters and motorists.
Unknown to the robbers, the villagers who were tired of their incessant attacks on the road leading to Idah Local Government Area from Lokoja rushed out in their hundreds and descended on them.
The villagers, who refused to be intimidated by the armed robbers, attacked and snatched their guns before crushing three of them to death with heavy stones, clubs and other dangerous weapons.
The bandits were identified to be foreigners from the neirgbouring African countries, witnesses said.
Two of the armed robbers escaped into the bush, while the other three were burnt.
Criminal activities, including kidnapping have been on the increase in the area in recent times.
Prominent personalities have been affected and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, from Ejule community in the area, was kidnapped in September last year while coming from the governorship campaign rally in Ugwolawo.
The Police Public Relation officer, Williams Aya, confirmed that the police found three dead bodies at the Orunu junction, but no one was at the scene with the bodies.
Aya said the police have commenced investigation into the matter.