The Ogun State Police Command on Sunday warned citizens to desist from carrying out jungle justice on suspected ritualists in the state. The move became necessary after it was found out that some people were attacked based on frivolous allegations.
The warning was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the PRO of the Command, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi. Below is a full text of the statement:
“The attention of the Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to the way and manner some members of the public attack certain individuals with frivolous allegations of kidnap and child stealing/ritual killings in Abeokuta and major cities in Ogun State.
The command is not comfortable with these cases of attack on persons of unsound minds and those with (exotic) cars who are always wrongly accused of child stealing or ritual killing which make some hoodlums wound and eventually extort them and damage their vehicles.
For instance, the attempted attack on a house allegedly used as ritualists’ den at No 30 CDA Asipa Street Ijaye Abeokuta today Monday 21st April at about 1000hrs was uncalled for and criminal in nature. The prompt intervention of the policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer in charge, Oke Itoku Division saved the house of an innocent individual, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, from being burnt by some hoodlums.
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 21st April, 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.
Emphatically, the command will not tolerate any attack on any suspect(s) particularly “Mad People” within the state again with wrong or uncertain accusations of kidnap and/or child stealing.
This is pure JUNGLE JUSTICE and it is unacceptable as it will not help the police in its investigation; and a gross violation of people’s fundamental human rights. Even if such suspects are noticed or apprehended, members of the public are expected to hand them over to the police for thorough investigation.
The command therefore warns the general public to desist from these 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.
The general public is hereby urged to always get across to the police in case such suspected”ritualists” or kidnappers are seen on the following lines: 08081770416, 08081770419 and 08123822910.
DSP Muyiwa Adejobi
PPRO Ogun State