By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Police Command, Abeokuta has condemned the unlawful killing and setting ablazed of two ritualists in Oja-Odan, Ketu in Yewa North Local Government Areas of the state.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ogun State Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Sunday warned that jungle justice will not be condoned in the state again.
He said: “In the early hours of Saturday 12th of February 2022, two suspected ritualists were arrested and brought to Oja Odan Divisional Headquarters by some vigilant and law abiding members of the public, with allegation that a fresh human head concealed in a sack was seen with them.
“While the suspects were been interrogated in the station, some unscrupulous elements went and mobilized large number of people who invaded the station aggressively, overwhelmed the police personnel on duty and subsequently hijacked the suspects, beaten them to death and set their corpses ablaze.
“In view of the incident, the command wishes to sound a note of warning to those who are always in the habit of taking laws into their hands to desist from such uncivilized behavior as the command will henceforth be dealing with whoever carried out such action in the most decisive manner.
“A suspect remains a suspect until he/she is convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction no matter how grevious the crime he suspected to have committed might be. It is only the court that has the power to impose punishment on anyone found guilty of a crime, not an individual or group of people.
“Therefore, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole has ordered a full scale investigation into the incident with the view to bring to justice those who participated in carrying out the barbaric and unlawful killing of the suspects.
“The CP therefore appealed to members of the public to have confidence in the nation criminal justice system and desist from self help as such is alien to the law of the land.”