Another suspected kidnapper burnt in Ilorin
For the fourth time in two weeks, a suspected criminal was killed in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. Daily Trust gathered that a suspected female kidnapper was yesterday burnt to death.
The suspect was reportedly arrested along Pakata/Adeta road and was burnt at the popular Adeta round about before the arrival of the police.
This incident occurred despite the riot act read by the police, warning residents to stop dispensing jungle justice.
Witnesses said the suspect was found in possession of three kids suspected to have been abducted while one of them was reportedly dead.
Meanwhile, a teenager simply identified as Tunde was reportedly kidnapped at Sabo Oke area of Ilorin when he was sent on errand around 5pm on Tuesday.
Mother of the boy, who is said to be in SS1, confirmed that her son is still missing and appealed to his abductor to release him.
While the lynching incident at Adeta was taking place, a fight over girl friend ensued at Adabata/Agaka area by suspected hoodlums who engaged one another, using cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.
Unspecified number of vehicles was reportedly burnt in the fracas which was later brought under control through the deployment of mobile policemen.
The incident paralysed business activities at the commercial areas with residents staying indoors and shop owners closing early for fear of attack.
Police spokesman, Mr. Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed the arrest of four in the fracas as well as some arrests at the scene of the mob action. He said he was yet to be briefed on the missing teenager. An Oshodi Magistrates’ Court in Lagos yesterday struck out a charge of attempted rape preferred against a 28-year-old Facebook lover, Kelvin Suru, for want of evidence.
The magistrate, Mr Akeem Fashola, who struck out the case, chided the prosecution for what he called lack of seriousness and diligent prosecution. He said the prosecution failed to present any witness to testify in the case.
“The court is not a warehouse where cases are kept without making any significant progress. The case is hereby struck out and the accused discharged,” Fashola ruled.
The accused, Suru, who resides at No. 11A, Rafiu Crescent, Mafoluku in Oshodi, was charged with a two-count offence of conspiracy and attempted rape.
The accused, who was first arraigned on March 21, 2013, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties.
The prosecution, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, had alleged that the accused committed the offences on March 13, 2013 at a hotel in Oshodi.
According to him, the accused with a man still at large abducted a 22-year-old woman for the purpose of raping her.
“Suru met the woman, a student of Imo State University, Owerri, on Facebook and lied to her that he is a councillor in Lagos. The accused then invited her to Lagos, promising to foot her transport and other bills,” the prosecutor said.
Olatunde said Suru also conspired with the yet-to-be apprehended accomplice to pose as his personal assistant and took the girl to the hotel room that was booked for her.
“The accomplice led her to Suru’s room where he attempted to rape her,” he added.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused tore the woman’s dress in his desperate bid to rape her. (NAN)