By Lanre Adesanya
Barely few days after two spots along Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway were allegedly uncovered as kidnap den and two suspected kidnappers were lynched and burnt at both spots, a clear-cut jungle justice, more suspects have been apprehended all around the state.
Just two days ago, in three different areas namely Alagbado, Ipaja and Alimosho, suspects have been discovered to be connected to the kidnap network.
In Alagbado, the suspect was said to have been caught with many phones. Though feigning insanity, he was lynched immediately by irate youths who felt he could be another kidnapper on prowl, but for the late intervention of the security personnel for the suspects would have been killed or burnt.
Another incident also happened at NEPA Bus-Stop, close to Atan Kekere in Ayobo-Ipaja Local Council Development Area. One Mr. Waheed Ode, Mrs. Etiba (Iya Funke) and the youths who were at the scene of the ugly trend gave eye witness account, stating that a woman who for long posed as a mad woman tucked away in a bushy part of the area was caught by vigilant passersby weilding five functional phones, ATM cards and items likely belonging to victims. It took the quick intervention of the Ipaja Police Division Station who whisked her away from angry mob already spoiling to deal with her.
The case was not different at Alimosho road via Iyana Ipaja in Alimosho Local Government – a man who disguised as a woman was also accosted, while a police man was said to have prevented the lynching of a man at Gowon Police Division in Lagos State.
Following the prevalence of the attendant jungle justice recorded across the state, the Lagos State Police Command through the Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni has chided residents to desist from the act, citing the competence of the law courts to pronounce a person convicted and mete on them adequate punishment and that jungle justice most times whittles the strength of their investigation.
Also contributing on the unfolding scenario of this social malaise, the Hon. Moshood Salvador-led Peoples Democratic Party’s Public Relation Officer in Lagos, Barr. Gani Taofeek, stated his distaste for the ugly incident, calling on government and the security apparatus to be more alive to the constitutional duties.
“Well it calls for concern and I think we should have more intelligence networking for our security personnel to be able to carry out their constitutional functions well, Lagosians must now support the security apparatus in the attempt to clear off our streets beggars and mentally deranged people,who now appears to be used by kidnappers.
“The security operators must be alive to their responsibility by proactively taking steps to reduce all beggars and mentally deranged people to the bearest minimum,jungle justice should also be curbed,water channels constructions should be have strong wires preventing access into them now that it is seen as a good hideout for low lives, government should be more proactive in handling of such sudden matters and prosecute such to a conclusive end.
“ A lot of people go missing today and there no alibi for the security agents but to curb this menace immediately, as their activities are majorly carried out in the dark and secretly,we in the opposition can only start to blame the government if nothing drastic is done to address the situation,” Gani reiterated.
However, the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress Mr Abiodun Salami, blamed bad government of time past as the root cause of evils recorded in the state.
According to him, the ruling party in time past has bastardized the system so much so that it had negative effect on the psyche of the people.
“These is an effect of bad governance of the former government at the federal level, but our security agencies are doing the needful already. They have good synergy with strong intelligent networks and they are not letting down their garbs as they are all working round the metropolis, investigating the and unravelling more spots.”
Commenting on the increasing spate of jungle justice, Salami harps on the capabilities of the law courts to convict offenders and not for the public to take laws in their hands.
“It is unfair that people are taking to jungle justice. Courts are there to give judgement, so we as a party are averse to jungle justice”.
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