Mob, police clash over suspected female kidnapper in Osun

There was pandemonium on Monday in Osun state as residents of Iwo town clashed with police at the palace of the traditional ruler over a suspected kidnapper.

The mob invaded the palace of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurasheed Akanbi, setting a section of it ablaze in an unsuccessful attempt to lynch a suspected kidnapper caught by some residents of the town.

According to The Punch, some youths spotted a female making telephone calls somewhere in the town, suspecting she was a kidnapper, they apprehended her, dealing her some blows.

Minutes later she was taken to the palace of the monarch for further interrogation. But while the ‘Kabiyesi’ was said to be asking the woman questions, some policemen were said to have arrived at the palace and their arrival apparently did not go well with the mob.

A resident who identified himself as Taiwo told The Punch that the mob closed the main gate of the palace and made bonfire there to prevent the police from leaving with the suspect.

Taiwo said the mob took the action because they believed the police would release the suspect.

The mob finally left the palace when the Commissioner of Police in Ondo state, Mr. Femi Oyeleye, led a team of mobile policemen to the palace with an Armoured Personnel Carrier.

The CP was said to have addressed the residents and assured them that the case would be properly investigated and the suspect would be charged to court if there were evidence against her.

The Oluwo, when contacted on the telephone told our correspondent that he tried to prevent his subjects from killing the suspect but they were adamant.

Oba Akanbi said, “I was holding a meeting when they brought the woman, they said she is a kidnapper. Those who brought her to the palace said they believed she would confess to me if I interrogated her.

“I was asking her some questions when the police came to the place. The people started stoning the policemen because they said they did not have confidence in the police.

“They said the police would release her but I have no power to detain the suspect or to order that she should be killed. The law must be followed, our law does not make provision for jungle justice but they refused to listen.

“The CP led his men and addressed them in front of the palace and the policemen eventually took the woman away. But while they were stoning the policemen, they broke some lights on the fence of the palace.”

The Oluwo said nothing incriminating was found on the woman but it was difficult to say categorically if the woman had mental problem or she was truly a kidnapper and was pretending to be insane.

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