Richard Ginika Izuora
Angry mob at the weekend lynched three suspected armed robbers in Imo State.
But the Police has warned against such action.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Abutu Yaro, condemned the action because it is 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.
According to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam on Sunday, “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.”