Suspected Ritualist Rescued From Jungle Justice
Policemen who tried to rescue a suspected ritual killer from being set ablaze were yesterday stoned by a angry mob in Shasa community in Akure metropolis, Ondo State.
The mob were residents of the community.
The suspect, whose identity was not revealed at press time was caught yesterday with a big bag alleged to be carrying human parts on the Akure-Abuja Expressway, near Shasa Market.
He was said to be loitering around the area, when some youths accosted him, asking him questions he could not give convincing responses to.
The youths then search him and found incriminating items said to be human parts and charms in his bag.
One of the eyewitnesses told newsmen: “When the people around found some items covered with blood in the bag, they started beating the man. As he was about to be set ablaze, policemen came to the scene and rescued him.”
Naija News gathered that Police detectives from Oba Ile Police Division, who arrived the scene after a tip-off, were stoned while trying to whisk the suspect away from the scene.
The Police detectives dispersed the crowd and whisked the suspect away.
When contacted, the Police spokesperson, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, saying no human part was found in the suspect’s bag.
Joseph confirmed that the suspect was beaten to a pulp by the irate youths, saying “the suspect’s identity is unknown yet, because he was still unconscious as a result of the severe beating he got from the mob.
“It also took the intervention of our men to save him from the mob. Our men were also stoned. We didn’t find any human part in his bag, but we saw a big stone, covered with sawdust, a blood-stained cloth and some charms.
“We are yet to confirm whether the bloodstains are human’s.
“State Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, has ordered the Criminal Investigative Department of the command to take over the matter to ascertain whether the bloodstains are from human or animal.”