The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Abutu Yaro has condemned the lynching of three alleged armed robbers; by some angry mob in the state on Saturday, July 24.
He said it was against the law for anybody or a group of persons to carry out jungle justice against suspected criminals.
According to Yaro, suspects should be taken to the police station; for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
Yaro disclosed this in a statement issued by the state Police Command’s Spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam on Sunday in Owerri.
1st News reports that three armed men were caught on Saturday in Umuna Orlu Local Government Area of Imo; allegedly robbing some traders and were set ablaze by an angry mob.
“On 24/7/2021 at about 0630 hours, the inhabitants of Owarri Ibiri caught in the act; three armed robbers while robbing some traders yet to be identified.
“It is believed that they are the ones that have been terrorising the community; using unmarked motorcycles to rob innocent people; especially traders along Owerri Orlu Road in Imo.
“The robbers were beaten, tied, and set ablaze before the Police patrol team arrived at the scene; and efforts made to arrest the perpetrators proved abortive as they all ran away on sighting the Police.
“The Commissioner while condemning the barbaric act, advised members of the public and communities alike; to always hand over suspects to the police for proper investigations and prosecution instead of taking the laws into their hands.
“The Commissioner has also set up an investigating team from the State Criminal Investigation Department SCID of the command to investigate the cause and possible ways to prevent future mob actions in the state.”
Meanwhile, for the umpteenth time, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stressed that the challenges facing the country are neither ethnicity nor religion.
The minister said some elements in the country were exacerbating ethnic and religious differences to tear the country apart for their selfish reasons.
Lai Mohammed spoke in Abuja on Saturday, July 24, at the Book presentation and 75th birthday celebration of Dr Bamigboye Ogunbiyi, a re-known obstetrician and Gynaecologist.
Unveiling the autobiography titled, “Ripples of Grace’’, the minister said the things that unite the country was more and significant; than those things that the divisive elements were escalating for disunity.
He said the foundation for national unity had been built a long time ago by the nation’s forefathers; and what the people needed to do was to sustain it.
Lai Mohammed gave three personal experiences to buttress his position including his days; and that of the celebrant at the Government College, Keffi which he described as “a great model for the unity of Nigeria’’.
“From the book, we learned that the celebrant attended Federal Government College (FGC), Keffi; and that is why I am not surprised he ended up marrying Justice Clara from Borno.
“In Keffi, we were taught at a very young age that this country is one and the same and that religion, ethnicity, and social status do not matter; but rather one’s academic prowess,’’ he said.