The Lagos state police have released a statement reacting to the mob attack on two suspected ritualists in the Ikeja area of the state earlier today. Two persons accused of working with three persons arrested in connection with the new ritualist den at the Ile-Zik bus stop in Ikeja yesterday evening were set ablaze by a mob this morning. A statement by the Lagos state police public relations officer, Famous-Cole, says that one of those attacked was a destitute who the mob alleged had a telephone on him. Read the press statement below
In the past few days, the Lagos State Police Command has recorded some incidents of jungle justice across the State.
2. Recent cases are:
a. The incident of 8th August 2017 at Ajala Bus-Stop, Ijaiye-Ojokoro where two (2) persons suspected to be Kidnappers/Ritualists were completely burnt, while some buildings were vandalized.
b. The incident of 10th August 2017 at Ile-Zik Bus Stop, along Old Abeokuta Road, where mob attempted to carry out jungle justice on some destitute, suspected to be Ritualists/Kidnappers. This was prevented by the quick intervention of the Police and Sister Security Agencies.
c. The incident of 11th August 2017, where a destitute who appeared to be mentally deraigned was set ablaze by a mob on the allegation that he possessed a telephone.
3. It is necessary to mention that in the course of the disdainful acts, vital evidence are destroyed. In addition, in the course of discharging its Constitutional responsibilities and prevent the barbaric act, Police officers were fatally wounded, while stones were hurled at them as well as Police Patrol Vans. However, a number of arrests were made in this regard.
4. The foregoing has made it imperative that the general public is reminded of the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended which states thus:
a. “It shall be the duty of every citizen to respect the dignity of other citizens and the rights and legitimate interests of others and live in unity and harmony and in the spirit of common brotherhood”
b. “No person shall be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment”
5. There is no justification for jungle justice on suspected persons. It is barbaric and uncivilized. It is a manifestation of the erosion of our moral values and a disregard for the sanctity of human lives. It violates the rule of law and dents the image of the State. Above all, it is a violation of the law, and all those arrested in connection with the aforementioned cases will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
6. The General public is advised to report any suspicious happening in their areas to the Police and other Security Agencies. The public is assured of the renewed commitment of the Police and other Security Agencies to prompt response to such reports. The public is also assured of renewed synergy amongst the institutions saddled with criminal justice administration towards ensuring quick dispensation of justice.
7. The general public is therefore, strongly advised to desist from this unlawful and barbaric act. No effort will be spared in ensuring that lawful means are used to bring to justice, anyone who violates the law, please.