Security operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two suspected ritualists, Folake Falade and Emmanuel Gbenga, in Ijanikin, Lagos Mainland.
In a statement released by the police command’s spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, one of the suspects, Folake was found inside a tunnel, under the Cele Nicer Bridge, Ijanikin, Lagos Mainland, with a decomposing human body.
“The discovery attracted an irate mob which nearly lynched her but was saved by the quick intervention of a contingent of policemen drafted from Ijanikin Divisional Police Headquarter, who raced to the scene,” part of the statement read.
According to the Police, the rescue team thereafter searched the tunnel and arrested one Emmanuel Gbenga believed to be an accomplice of the female suspect while the third suspect who escaped from the tunnel to avoid being arrested was caught by an irate mob who set him ablaze.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, has directed the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ijanikin to cordon off the scene and ensure that the remains found in the tunnel are not tampered with pending the arrival of police forensic experts expected at the scene for scientific examination of the corpse, the tunnel and other exhibits found therein.
The Police boss stated that; “it is regrettable that despite the various town hall meetings held to sensitise communities in the state to the evil of jungle justice, some people at Olorunshogo community constituted themselves into a mob and took laws into their hands by killing one of the suspects who might have been very useful in the ongoing investigation had they handed him over to the police.”
Edgal however warned that anybody found to have participated in the killing of the yet-to-be-identified man will be arrested and charged for murder to serve as a deterrent to others with the penchant for taking the law into their own hands.