A young man was on Sunday lynched in Choba community in Obio-Akpor Local Government area of Rivers State for stealing a phone.
The youth in his late twenties, identified as Chile Promise was lynched by a mob after accusing him of being a member of a three-man gang that robbed an apartment within Owhipa.
The lynching of Chile angered other youths who took to the streets and attacked everyone on sight in Choba.
Security operatives have been deployed to control the tension that has remained high in the area.
A youth leader in Choba community who spoke on the development said it took the intervention of security operatives to calm the situation after hours of shooting.