BY EVELYN USMAN
ABEOKUTA — Pandemonium broke out, yesterday, on Ijoko road, Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State when some hoodlums killed three suspected kidnappers and set them ablaze.
The hoodlums also reportedly burnt the suspected kidnappers’ vehicle and rescued one Oluwole Elizabeth, 26, who had been kidnapped.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that nemesis caught up with the suspected kidnappers when their victim screamed and alerted the people who killed and burnt their corpses to ashes.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the hoodlums had burnt the suspects to ashes before Policemen arrived the scene.
Adejobi, who also disclosed that the command had begun investigation into the incident, said the alleged victim was being interrogated.
According to him, Oluwole Elizabeth, 26, who resides at Ajegunle Street, Atan-Ota said she boarded a cab whose number plate was not known at about 7.40 a.m from Sona Breweries, Sango-Ota to Ewekoro, but found herself at Gas-line area in Ijoko.
According to Adejobi, “she screamed from the vehicle in which she was being taken to their den when she observed that she was in another place and the people in the area blocked the vehicle, beat the occupants, killed them and burnt them to ashes.
“We are going to use multifaceted approach, we want to know if there had been an interaction between the suspects and the victim. The jungle justice affected our case.”
…another rescued in Abeokuta
Meantime, operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Tuesday, prevented a middle-aged woman, Favour Okoye, from being lynched by a mob for allegedly kidnapping a baby in Abeokuta.
The incident happened at about 2:55 pm around Totoro area of Abeokuta.
The woman was reportedly beaten comatose by a mob but was rescued by NSCDC operatives and taken to a hospital.
The Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC in the state, Olanrewaju Kareem, in a statement said his men were alerted by a taxi driver.
According to him, “a taxi driver alerted civil defence men keeping vigil on critical infrastructure around Akin-Olugbade/Pepsi/Totoro areas.
“The men raced to the scene to rescue the woman but appeal to the crowd by civil defence to allow the suspected kidnapper face the consequence through the legal process proved abortive as the mob insisted on killing the woman.
“They threw available objects including bottles, planks, stones but the men were able to rescue the woman from being killed.
“The woman, who was in a state of coma was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre where she is receiving treatment.”