Ogun Police Frowns At Jungle Justice By Okada Riders, Public On Suspected Criminals - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Monday, December 14, 2020

Ogun Police Frowns At Jungle Justice By Okada Riders, Public On Suspected Criminals

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 

ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State Police Command has frowned at the rate which some members of the  public are taking laws into their hands and applying jungle justice on people suspected to be criminals.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in a press release on Monday said, the recent incident that happened in Aseese area of Mowe in Obafemi Owode LG area of Ogun State, where three people were beaten to death and their vehicle set ablaze on mere suspicion of theft was condemnable.

Oyeyemi said it was the quick Intervention of police from Mowe Division that saved the other two from being  gruesomely murdered. 

He noted that, another group that was guilty of the barbaric act are the okada riders who are always in the habit of attacking motorists involved in an accident with any of their members.

He added that, their usual practice was to set such vehicle ablaze regardless of whether their member is at fault or not. 

The PPRO therefore warned that, the command would no longer tolerate such unlawful behaviour in any part of the state, saying anybody caught in such dastardly act would be decisively dealt with in accordance with the dictate of the law. 

"In as much as every member of the public has the power to arrest anyone who is suspected to have committed a crime, the provision of the law is that such arrested person should be handed over to any of the law enforcement agencies for proper investigation and prosecution.

"It is therefore an act of barbarism for anybody to apply jungle justice on anyone no matter how weighty is the allegation levelled against such person. 

"Human life is sacred, and it is sacrilegious for anybody to unlawfully take another person's life.

"Those who are fond of this primitive act are hereby warned to desist from it henceforth, as the command will not leave any stone unturned to  hunt for any one culpable of this act and bring such person to justice. To be warned is to armed."

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