The Ogun State Police Command has expressed concerns over the way some members of the public take the law into their hands carrying out jungle justice on suspected individuals alleged to be kidnappers and ritualists.
The command made this known in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi.
Highlighting a recent attempted attack on a house labelled a ritualist’s den in Abeokuta the state capital, on Monday, April 21, at about 10am, it cautioned the public to rather report any suspicious activities and places to the police.
It took the concerted efforts of police officers led by the Divisional Police Officer in charge Oke Itoku Division to stop the burning of the house, which happened to be that of a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police.
It said, “After the intervention of some community leaders including the Balogun of Ijaye and even the Secretary to the State Government Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa who came to assess the situation on the directive of the Executive Governor of the State Sen Ibikunle Amosun, and thorough search of the said house by the police, high chiefs of the area and representatives of the youth, some miscreants still attacked the police with a view to gain entrance into the said house to loot the property therein and set the house ablaze.
“As a result of this, almost 17 suspects were arrested and they will be charged to court for various offences according to the provisions of the law.
“Also today April 21, two persons of unsound mind (mad men) were grossly attacked and injured by some miscreants in Enugada and Lafenwa areas of Abeokuta respectively before they were rescued by the police.”
The command cautioned the general public to desist from such criminal acts as “the police will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in these acts or attempting to cause any brouhaha in that manner.”
It also urged the public to get across to the police in case such suspected ritualists and kidnappers were seen by calling the following phone numbers: 08081770416, 08081770419 and 08123822910.