CP Abutu Yaro, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, has criticized the jungle justice inflicted out to three alleged robbers.
On Saturday, July 24, outraged members of the Orlu community in the state’s Orlu Local Government Area caught the accused robbers in the act, beaten them to a coma, and burned them alive.
The suspects allegedly slipped into the neighborhood to rob when they were apprehended and shot in the legs, preventing them from fleeing before being burned alive.
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The suspects were compelled to confess, particularly about the mission they had recently completed, which they said was a success.
CP Abutu Yaro, who was present at the incident on Saturday, termed the mob action as barbarous and recommended community members to hand over offenders to the police rather than taking the law into their own hands.
“On 24/7/2021 at about 0630 hours, the inhabitants of Owarri Ibiri caught in the act, three armed robbers while robbing some traders yet to be identified. It is believed that, they are the ones that has been terrorising the community using unmarked motorcycle to rob innocent people, especially traders along Owerri Orlu Road, Imo State,” the CP stated in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Michael Abattam.
“The robbers were beaten, tied and set ablaze before the Police Patrol Team arrived at the scene. Efforts made to arrest the pepetrators proved abortive as they all ran away on sighting the Police Patrol Team
“The Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc, while condemning the barbaric act, advised members of the public and communities alike to always hand over suspects to the police for proper investigation and prosecution instead of taking the laws into their hands.
“He then, set up an investigating team from the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command to investigate the cause and possible ways to prevent in future mob actions in the State.” the statement read.