BENIN CITY-The Commissioner of Police, Edo State CP Abutu Yaro has appealed to the general public to be calm as police have begun the mopping up of the perpetrators of mob action in which a criminal suspect was burnt alive in Auchi town, the administrative headquarters of Etsako West local government area of the state, last weekend.
“The Commissioner of Police appealed to the general public to be calm, as the Police Command is already moping up those responsible for this gruesome act for possible prosecution”.
The command Public Relations Officer SP Kontongs Bello disclosed this in a statement in Benin City last weekend.
“The Edo State Commissioner of police, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc has ordered a thorough investigation into the barbaric and dehumanizing act of jungle justice meted on an alleged suspect by some purported irate youths masquerading as vigilantees in Auchi.
“The Commissioner of Police while reacting to the ugly incident, frowned at the action of the vigilantees, who instead of taking the suspect to the Police for proper investigation and prosecution, aided the irate mob to burn the suspect allegedly arrested for stealing to death without any recourse to the law”. The statement revealed.
The release further added that CP Abutu Yaro described the act as barbaric and inimical to law as he warned Edo State indigenes that the Command under his watch would not allow disgruntled elements treat suspects arrested for alleged crimes in such a dehumanizing and unlawful manner.
“It is wrong for anyone to assume the position of a law enforcement agency.
“Suspects apprehended in connection with any crime should be immediately handed over to the Police or any law enforcement agency constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting such suspects”. It warned.