Police angry as mob burns 2 phone thieves to death in Lagos

Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos Police Command Spokesperson

Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos Police Command Spokesperson

By Moses Omorogieva

Lagos State Police Command has expressed its disapproval of burning to death of two young men found with 18 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen by angry mob at Cele Bus stop area of Lagos State early Wednesday morning.

Reacting, the Lagos State Police Spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the story, said that the command condemned the act of jungle justice in Lagos.

He said that the people in the community would tell the police all that they knew about the incident.

“Jungle justice is a crime in our law.

“People should not take laws into their hands. When you see a crime, report to the police.

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“We are on the trail of those involved. The people in the community must tell us what they know concerning the incident,” Hundeyin said.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited the scene reports that the charred bodies of the suspects were on Ogunlana Street, Ijesha, along Cele bus stop bridge at about 1.20 p.m.

Some persons, who claimed to be eye witnesses, told NAN that the suspects were caught at early hours of Wednesday with 18 different mobile phones suspected to have been stolen.

“The two guys, before their death, were interrogated and confessed that they were from Ajegunle area.

“The victims were mobbed following accumulated anger of frequent thefts around the shops in the area last few weeks,” a source told NAN.

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