Charles Nwoke, Abeokuta, Nigeria
December 15, 2020
Three suspected robbers in the Aseese area of Mowe in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State have been burnt to death by an angry mob. The suspects were gruesomely beaten to death and their vehicle razed down on the suspicion of obsolete.
Police Officers from the Mowe Division saved two other persons from being killed at the scene of the scary incident.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, while reacting over the unfortunate situation, expressed concerns at the rate members of the public take laws into their own hands, accusing commercial motorcycle operators (okada riders) as fond of carrying out such devilish act.
The motorcyclists have been severally accused of attacking motorists involved in an accident with any of their members and also setting such vehicles burnt to ashes regardless of who is at fault, whether their member is at fault or not.
DSP Oyeyemi said, “The unfortunate incident happened in the Aseese area of Mowe in Obafemi Owode LGA of Ogun State, where three persons were beaten to death and their vehicle set ablaze on mere suspicion of theft, an allegation that has not been substantiated by anyone.
“It was the quick intervention of police from Mowe Division that saved the other two from being gruesomely murdered. The command is hereby using this medium to warn that such unlawful behavior will no longer be tolerated in any part of the state, and anybody caught in such dastardly act will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the dictate of the law.”
DSP Oyeyemi, while acknowledging the right of everybody to arrest criminal suspects, he explained that such a person apprehended should be handed over to the law enforcement agencies for proper investigation and prosecution according to the law of the land.
The PPRO stated that it is an act of barbarism for anybody to apply jungle justice on suspects, no matter how weighty the allegation against such a person might be.
He warned those in such wicked and primitive act to desist from it henceforth, saying the command would leave no stone unturned to hunt down anyone culpable of this act and bring same to book. “To be forewarned is to forearmed,” he warned.