Jungle Justice: Court Remands 12 Persons In Prison For Setting Three Kidnap Suspects Ablaze In Osogbo

From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO

Twelve persons were on Wednesday, 30th April, 2014 remanded in prison by an Osogbo Magistrate Court in Osun state, Southwest Nigeria in connection with the jungle justice carried out on three male suspected kidnappers who were burnt to death in the state capital.

The accused persons are: Lawal Ismaila aged 23; Andrew Simeon, 27; Surajudeen Sulaiman, 35; Taye Taiwo, 20; Abolaji Matthew, 30; Kamorudeen Seidu, 23; Ogundele Oluwatosin, 40; Olasunkanmi Hammed, 20; Sule Yahaya, 23; Akande Ibukun, 22; Ajibola Samuel, 21; and 21-year-old Olarewaju Olawale.

The state police command had apprehended and dragged the 12 accused persons to the court on four count-charge bothering on conspiracy to murder, causing the death and beating and burning to death of the three suspected kidnappers identified as Segun Adewale, Aliu Mohammed and Seun Gbaga before the court ordered their remand.

The Police Prosecutor, Promise Akanwa had told the court that the accused persons committed an offence contrary to Section 324, 316 and punishable under Section 324 and 319 of the Criminal Code Cap. 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

Meanwhile, the plea of the accused persons could not be taken due to the nature of the alleged offences.

The presiding Magistrate, Adebayo Lasisi then ordered that all the accused persons be remanded in Ilesha prison custody and adjourned the matter till 11th June, 2014 for mention.

The three suspected kidnappers were at different locations lynched in Osogbo between 24th to 26th April, 2014. They were said to have kidnapped two children in the state capital before a mob descended on them and burnt them to ashes.

The state police had combed the Igbona, Ayetoro and Olaiya areas where the incident took place before apprehending the 12 accused persons.

Adewale and Mohammed were lynched at Igbona and Ayetoro areas while Seun was said to have died at the police headquarters due to the severe burnt he sustained before policemen came to his rescue at Olaiya.

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