Po­lice warn as mob kills fe­male kid­nap sus­pect

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

Po­lice in Kwara State yes­ter­day warned against jun­gle jus­tice af­ter a woman who was ac­cused of kid­nap­ping chil­dren was set ablaze by an an­gry mob Tues­day night along Emir’s Road, Opo Malu in Ilorin, less than a week af­ter an­other woman suf­fered the same fate in the same town. Daily Trust gath­ered that two oth­ers were res­cued by the po­lice at Saw Mill Garage area of the town.

The first in­ci­dent oc­curred at the pop­u­lar Oyun Bridge near the Univer­sity of Ilorin Teach­ing Hospi­tal, along Ilorin-Jebba ex­press­way. The woman, who was burnt be­yond recog­ni­tion, was said to have con­fessed be­ing among a team of kid­nap­pers who were given a tar­get to kid­nap a cer­tain num­ber of chil­dren.

She was said to have con­fessed al­ready kid­nap­ping five chil­dren from the same area and was about tak­ing the sixth when caught. In a re­ac­tion, the state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr. Am­brose Ais­abo, warned res­i­dents against jun­gle jus­tice. In a state­ment by spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi, the com­mis­sioner warned against at­tack­ing people who may be suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness.

“The com­mis­sioner wishes to ap­peal to and at the same time warn mem­bers of the pub­lic who have de­vel­oped the habit of tak­ing the law into their hands to stop this ir­re­spon­si­ble act im­me­di­ately. Hence­forth, the com­mand will not shirk in its re­spon­si­bil­ity to deal with any in­di­vid­ual or group caught in such acts of un­bri­dled law­less­ness. Men and women of un­sound minds are not nec­es­sar­ily agents of rit­u­al­ists, so be warned.

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From left: Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Of­fice of In­fra­struc­tures, Engr. Tayo Bamg­bose; Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Gov. on Works & In­fra­struc­ture, Engr. Ganiyu John­son; Com­mis­sioner for Works & In­fra­struc­ture, Engr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat and Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion & Strat­egy, La­teef Ibirogba, dur­ing the 2014 Min­is­te­rial Press Brief­ing of the Min­istry of Works & In­fra­struc­ture in La­gos yes­ter­day.

OLADIPUPO ODUNEWU

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