- Two persons suspected to be ritualists in the Mosafejo-Ilogbo area of Lagos have been arrested by the police command in the state
- The suspects, Folake Falade and Emmanuel Gbenga, were found in a tunnel and were about to be killed by an angry mob, if not for the intervention of the police
- Another suspect believed to belong to the group was attacked and killed by the mob after he fled from police operatives in an effort to avoid arrest
The police command in Lagos on Monday, August 27, arrested two persons, Folake Falade and Emmanuel Gbenga, suspected to be ritualists in the Mosafejo-Ilogbo area of the state.
In a press release published by the police public relations officer, CSP Chike Oti, and made exclusively available to NAIJ.com the command revealed how the arrest was carried out.
The press statement said: "On the 27/08/2018, the police received information that a woman, later identified as Folake Falade, of Mosafejo-Ilogbo, Badagry, Lagos, was found inside a tunnel, under the Cele Nicer Bridge, Ijanikin, Lagos with a decomposing human body.
"The discovery attracted an irate mob which nearly lynched her save for the quick intervention of a contingent of policemen drafted from Ijanikin Divisional Police Headquarter, who raced to the scene.
"The rescue team thereafter searched the tunnel and arrested one Emmanuel Gbenga believed to be an accomplice of the female suspect while the third suspect who escaped from the tunnel to avoid being arrested was caught by an irate mob who set him ablaze.
"Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, has directed the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ijanikin to cordon off the scene and ensure that the remains found in the tunnel are not tampered with pending the arrival of police forensic experts expected at the scene today 28/08/2018 for scientific examination of the corpse, the tunnel and other exhibits found therein.
"The CP said it is regrettable that despite the various town hall meetings he had held to sensitise communities in the state to the evil of jungle justice, some people at Olorunshogo community constituted themselves into a mob and took laws into their hands by killing one of the suspects who might have been very useful in the ongoing investigation had they handed him over to the police.
"He warned that anybody found to have participated in the killing of the yet-to-be-identified man, will be arrested and charged for murder to serve as a deterrent to others with penchant for taking the law into their own hands."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported the police command in Oyo state had arrested a suspected ritualist in possession of three human skulls exhumed from a cemetery in Omi-Adio area of the state.
Briefing newsmen on the arrest in Ibadan on Monday, the commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude, said the anti-crime patrol team of the Iyaganku Area Command intercepted and arrested the suspect on July 25, at 6:50am.
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