Police Rescue Four From Mob Attacks - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, April 23, 2020

Police Rescue Four From Mob Attacks

Wrongly accused people

From Babalola Gafar, Abeokuta

Pandemonium and fear took the better part of the residents of Soyooye - Rounder in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun state in the early hours of Thursday when armed hoodlums stormed the area in bid to rob the people of their valuables.
The Daily Crucible  gathered that the fear - stricken residents ran helter skelter, seeking places of safety for their lives. 

However, four young men mistaken for the hoodlums and who happened to emerge at the time armed, were not lucky - they were rounded up and beaten.

But a Task Force led by CSP Toyin Afolaogun which was responding to a distress call, rescued the four from being visited with jungle justice.

It was learnt that the innocent four who heard that hoodlums had stormed their community had come out through an unfamiliar neighbourhood to lay ambush against the suspected hoodlums but the residents of the area took them for the hoodlums and began to beat them.

The residents had earlier mobilised themselves to tackle the menace and sent distress calls to the Taskforce.

The Taskforce arrived and snatched the four from the angry mob and handed them over to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS and later taken Lafenwa Divisional Police Headquarters for safe custody.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, speaking with The Daily Crucible, absolved the four people of any wrong doing, saying members of an adjacent community to theirs, raised false alarm against them.

Abimbola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP) said had the Police not moved in on time to rescue them from the angry mob, the innocent four people would have been killed for no just cause.

According to him, the people of the community where the four people live, had also come to identify them and had been released to go home.

"The command wishes  to warn those who are in the habit of sending fake news capable of causing fear in the minds of  the people to desist from such devilish act as the command will be tracing the source of such fake news with a view to dealing with the author in accordance with the existing law of the land.

"Also, the commissioner of police is using this medium to send a note of warning to those who have formed the habit of taking laws into their hands by embarking on jungle justice to deal with suspected criminals, adding that  anybody caught in such act will be seriously dealt with. 

"A case study at hand  is that of  four innocent young men that were mistaken for armed robbers who were arrested, beaten and tied both hands and leg by members of the public at Oke Ata area of Abeokuta on Thursday 23rd of April 2020. Save for the quick intervention of policemen attached to the state task force, the four young men  would have been beaten to death. 

"The commissioner of police has ordered a full scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the inhuman treatment  meted on  these young men with a view to bringing  those involved to justice. The outcome of the investigation, the Commissioner assured will be made known to members of the public," Abimbola stated.

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