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Police fume as angry mob burns robbery suspect in Edo

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Abimbola Aderinola Dorcas

The Edo State Police Command has expressed its displeasure with the burning of a suspected robber by an enraged mob in Auchi, the headquarters of Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement on Saturday, the police spokesman, Kontongs Bello disclosed that the Edo Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro frowned at the mob action and described it as barbaric and inimical to the law governing Nigeria.

While condemning the killing of the suspect by youths masquerading as vigilantes in Auchi, the police commissioner ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

The statement read in part, “The Commissioner of Police while reacting to the ugly incident, frowned at the action of the vigilantes, 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,” said the statement.

“CP Abutu Yaro, fdc who described the act as barbaric and inimical to the law governing our dear country, warned Edo State indigenes that the command under his watch will not allow disgruntled elements in the society to take laws into their hands by killing suspects arrested for alleged crimes in such a dehumanising and unlawful manner.”

Yaro also warned that nobody has the right to treat suspects in such a manner, adding that it was wrong for anyone to assume the position of a law enforcement agency.

The statement, however, did not disclose the identity of the suspect or the date of the incident.

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