Mob set ‘criminal’ ablaze in Kwara community

Irate mob, Wednesday set ablaze a criminal suspect in Oro town, Irepodun local government area of Kwara state over his alleged unrepentant criminal activities.

The mob, Blueprint gathered besieged the Oro police station early in the morning, where the suspect, simply identified as Femi Tete, was being detained, demanding his release to them for “proper judgement”.

Our Correspondent also learnt that the suspect had always been in and out of police detention for several criminal offences in the past.

Eyewitness accounts also told Blueprint that the police refused to yield to demand of the people, resulting in a melee, which prompted the police to shoot into the air to scare the growing number of unruly people.

The police action, it was gathered, infuriated the people in the community, as they descended on the police station, destroying everything on sight.

Blueprint reports that the situation got tensed and uncontrollable for the police men, then the people later took out the suspect, set him ablaze and also vandalized the police station.

Some sources in the community said that the mob action was carried out by some aggrieved commercial motorcycle operators in the area, who had reportedly lost a member on Sunday.

The sources said that the deceased motorcycle operator (okada) had been tricked by some hoodlums, believed to include Femi Tete, into a bush in Agbamu, collected his motorcycle and later killed him.

It was gathered that the deceased motorcycle operator (okada) was killed in Agbamu bush on Sunday when he was reportedly tricked into the bush by some suspected criminals. The corpse was discovered on Tuesday by relations and the suspected criminal arrested.

According to a top police source in Oro, the suspected armed robber, Femi Tete, of Salawa area in Oro, was burnt alive by angry mob, while his remains had been deposited at Omu Aran general hospital.

The source said he was accused by youths to be mastermind of the killing of one Abdul Ganiyu Tunde, male, of Oke-Ola Oro, popularly called Afobaje at Igbola area of Agbamu, axis.

“Meanwhile, all efforts by police officers to rescue the suspect proved abortive due to the different objects thrown at the station by angry mob. Police were later over powered. In order to avoid ugly incident on the part of the police, they later tactically withdrew to take full charge of the station. With timely intervention of policemen in Omu Aran in conjuction with those in Oro, situation has been brought under control. For now, area remain calm”, the source said.

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