Police warn as mob kills female kidnap suspect
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.
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.