Jungle justice: Suspected ‘okada’ thief set ablaze
What looked like the Aluu four incident occurred on Friday, as a middle-aged man was set ablaze by irate youth at workers’ village, along Kilema Doma road in Lafia, Nasarawa State, while reportedly trying to snatch a motorcycle from a motorcyclist.
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Nasarawa State command, Mr Cornelius Ocholi who confirmed the incident disclosed that seven persons had since been apprehended in connection with the wicked act.
Ocholi confirmed that the policemen attached to the state police launched a manhunt on them when the news broke out that a man alleged to be a motorcycle thief was being lynched, noting that before the officers could get to the scene, the angry mobs had killed the man and flee.
“Effort made by the police to get the names of the accomplice proved abortive as nobody could be found at the scene of the event, where the suspected thief was set ablaze,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State Police Commissioner, Mr Abayomi Akaremale, has cautioned members of the public against jungle justice.
The police boss added that what the mob did was against the law, noting that it was wrong for them to take law into their hands for not informing the police earlier.
However, an eye witness claimed that the suspected thief died while receiving medical attention at Araf Dalhatu Specialist Hospital, Lafia.