From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Two men suspected to be kidnappers were on Monday, 5th May, 2014 burnt to ashes by some irate residents of Ikire and Apomu towns in Osun state, southwest Nigeria.
This ugly act was coming exactly 12 days after three suspected kidnappers were lynched in a similar circumstance in Osogbo, the state capital by some irate youths who alleged that a child was found with the suspected kidnappers before they carried out the jungle justice on them.
One of the suspects, a middle aged man, was apprehended and roasted to death at N.U.D. Primary School, Sango area of Ikire town by the residents.
The enraged residents, also went after another suspected kidnapper at Isale Total area of Apomu and carried out a similar action on him.
Eyewitness account revealed that when the latter suspect was nabbed, he confessed to have been a kidnapper and even revealed that his colleague was among the crowd before pleading for mercy.
It was gathered that the suspect’s colleague haven got wind of his friend’s revelation took to his heels outsmarting the mob chasing him.
Neither the police nor other security operatives were at the scenes of the incidents as at the time when the duo was set ablaze.
A similar occurence was said to have happened sometimes at Obada market in Ikire, Osun state where a man suspected to have kidnapped a child was burnt to death.
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Maishanu condemned the trend of jungle justice in the state, saying it was against the law.
The CP said the police would not allow the state to be turned into a theatre of crisis and would do everything possible to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
While assuring that the police would conduct thorough investigations on all the cases, he warned people against taking laws into their hands.