Lagos Police Warns Public Against Jungle Justice
Written by Adekoya on June 10, 2019
The Lagos State Police Command has warned members of the public against executing jungle justice or extra-judicial punishment on suspected criminals.
The Command’s Spokesperson, Mr. Bala Elkana gave the warning in a statement following the wrongful accusation of two men as kidnappers.
The victims, two siblings, Joseph and Paul Agugom were lynched after one
Justina Emmanuel, who has mental health challenge, had shouted for help and a mob descended on the suspects.
One of the suspects Joseph happened to be Justina’s husband who was taking her to the hospital.
According to the Police spokesman, the police received a distress call that a mob action was going on at Lawanson junction, Itire and its
Anti crime patrol team led by the Divisional Police Officer Itire, Mr. Odey Ogah headed there and rescued the suspected kidnappers and Justina with her one and a half year old daughter, Munachisom Agugom who were purportedly being kidnapped.
Family members of both the suspects’ and Justina in their statements to the police said Justina is suffering from mental illness and was actually being taken to hospital.
The statement says that the Police has launched a manhunt for those who participated in the mob action and advised members of the public to be more careful and not to jump to conclusions on alarm raised by anybody.
It adds that members of the public have the powers to arrest anybody suspected of a crime and hand the person over to the Police for investigation and possible prosecution.