A mob has yesterday, Tuesday, October 31, lynched three young men consisting of two brothers and a friend for allegedly stealing two motorcycles at gunpoint along Aratusi Street, Oke-Aro in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
The names of the brothers were given as Femi Ojo and Segun Ojo, while their accomplice, was Taye Pius.
Theft of motorcycle used for commercial purposes, however, has been said to be on the rise within Ondo State in recent times hence the resort to jungle justice by the public to abate the situation.
According to reports, the three suspects were beaten mercilessly and were about to be set ablaze by the mob when the police arrived and rescued them.
However, the three died on the way to the hospital due to the beating they received from the mob.
Confirming the incident, the Ondo State Police Command spokesman Femi Joseph, stated that
“at about 8a.m., yesterday, along Aratusi Street in Oke-Aro, we were told that a three-man gang was caught while trying to steal an Okada. The owner raised the alarm, which attracted some members of the public.
In no time, a mob descended on the suspects and beat them to a pulp. They sustained what I could describe as third degree injuries. We tried to rush them to hospital, but they died midway.
The Police image maker said items recovered from the suspects include a locally-made pistol and the stolen motorcycles. He added: “They are actually robbers, but we are worried with the jungle justice meted out to them. This is against the law. “We will apprehend all those who participated in the jungle justice, because this is highly condemnable and reprehensible.”
The police spokesman also disclosed that a locally-made firearm and stolen motorcycles were recovered from the three.
He however warned the public against resorting to jungle justice but to be law abiding by handing offenders to the police or other relevant law enforcement agencies.
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