From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Barely 24 hours after a suspected male kidnapper was nabbed and nearly lynched by irate mob before being rescued by the police in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, southwest Nigeria, no fewer than three men suspected to be kidnappers, were on Friday, 25th April, 2014, set ablaze in different locations of the state capital.
Following the arrest and alleged confession of the suspected kidnapper who identified himself as Segun Akinwale on Thursday, 24th April, 2014, that he had nine other gang members in the town and their mission was to kidnap young children, some concerned youths of the ancient town who were privy to the confession dispatched themselves in search of the alleged kidnappers.
Akinwale, who dressed like an insane person, was beaten to pulp by commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada riders after he was seen carrying a crying child at the popular Akindeko Market on Thursday, 24th April, 2014, before he was rescued by men of the state police command and a soldier who was on transit.
Akinwale reportedly confessed that the 10 of them came from outside the state to kidnap young children in Osogbo and its environs, a revelation that prompted residents at different areas of the town to be vigilant.
It was however learnt that angry youths moved round Osogbo and its environs to search for other kidnappers and later discovered three through the efforts of members of Vigilante group at the various locations before a mob eventually set them ablaze.
One of the suspected kidnappers was burnt to death at Ayetoro area of Osogbo by a mob, while the other two were burnt beyond recognition at Plantation and Igbona areas of the town.
At Ayetoro area of Osogbo where a suspected kidnapper was burnt early on Friday, 25th April, 2014, it was gathered that the suspected kidnapper was found with a baby inside a bag he carried.
Some drivers at the Ayetoro junction, reports said, challenged the suspected kidnapper who reportedly dressed like an insane person to open the bag he carried after which a baby was found inside it.
The discovery however prompted the youths in the area to mobilize themselves and set the suspected kidnapper ablaze.
When our correspondent visited the scene of the incident, the suspected kidnapper had been burnt beyond recognition and Police had stormed the area to prevent further break down of law and order.
However, it was not certain whether or not the rescued kidnapped baby was alive, as all effort to see him was futile.
It was gathered that similar situation occurred at the Plantation and Igbona areas of the town where youths of the area burnt those suspected to have kidnapped babies in the area to death.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Maishanu has condemned the trend of setting suspects ablaze in the state, describing it as jungle justice, which he said, was against the law.
He said the police would not allow the state to be turned into a theatre of crisis and would do everything to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
The police boss assured that the police would conduct thorough investigations of all the cases warning the people of the state against taking laws into their own hands.
He assured that the police are on top of the situation in the state and would not allow it to degenerate.
Also, the state Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, condemned the development and warned residents of the state against jungle judgment, saying cases of criminal activities should be reported to law enforcement agencies, rather than people taking laws into their hands.
The Governor who spoke through the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon stressed that the state government would join hands with relevant security agencies to ensure proper security of lives and property of the people of the state.
He assured the people of the state of the commitment of the present administration to peaceful co-existence and security of all and sundry.