While the Lagos State Police Command and other security agencies advise the public against jungle justice, an angry mob yesterday burnt two persons to death in Mushin and Agbado Ijaiye for alleged child abduction and phone theft.
The suspected kidnapper was killed at Cele in Agbado Ijaye while the suspected phone thief was lynched in Mushin for allegedly stealing a Samsung Galaxy phone valued at N45,000.
In a video circulating on the internet, the late kidnapper was heard confessing how he abducted children before selling them for N30,000 each. He said he kidnapped and sold four children for N120,000, The Nation reports.
The suspected theft was said to have been spotted when he removed the phone from an apartment on Olorunsogo Street, Mushin.
Residents in the neighbourhood reportedly chased the suspect to Olorunsogo junction, where he was beaten and set ablaze.
Meanwhile, Policemen from Area ‘D’ Mushin have arrested some people over the incident.
Speaking on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the suspects had been taken to the homicide unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) at Panti, Yaba.
Recall that the State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni, who was worried by the rising jungle justice said there was no justification for killing people who should be handed over to the police. “We had a case of jungle justice on August 8, at Ajala Bus-Stop, Ijaiye-Ojokoro where two persons suspected to be kidnappers/ritualists were burnt, while some buildings were vandalised.
“Another incident happened on August 10, at Ile-Zik Bus Stop, along Old Abeokuta Road, where a mob attempted to carry out jungle justice on some destitute, suspected to be ritualists /kidnappers.
“Again, on August 11, a destitute who appeared to be mentally deranged was set ablaze by a mob on the allegation that he possessed a telephone. It is necessary to mention that in the course of the disdainful acts, vital evidence is destroyed,” he said.
Speaking further, he said “the foregoing has made it imperative that the general public be reminded of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended which states thus: “It shall be the duty of every citizen to respect the dignity of other citizens and the rights and legitimate interests of others and live in unity and harmony and in the spirit of common brotherhood.
“No person shall be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment. There is no justification for jungle justice on suspected persons. It is barbaric and uncivilised. It is a manifestation of the erosion of our moral values and a disregard to sanctity of human lives. It violates the rule of law and dents the image of the state.
“Above all, it is a violation of the law, and all those arrested in connection with the aforementioned cases will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“The general public is therefore, strongly advised to desist from this unlawful and barbaric act. No effort will be spared in ensuring that lawful means are used to bring to justice, anyone who violates the law.”