A robbery suspect has been set ablaze by an irate mob in Auchi, the headquarters of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Kontongs Bello, confirmed the incident on Saturday in Benin City, the state capital.
He said the Edo Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
Mr Bello described the killing of the suspect as a barbaric and dehumanising act of jungle justice by youths masquerading as vigilantes in Auchi.
“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.
The PPRO further 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.
According to him, suspects apprehended in connection with any crime should be immediately handed over to the police or any law enforcement agency constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting such persons.
The command’s Public Relations Officer also appealed to the residents to be calm, saying the command was already mopping up those responsible for the killing for possible prosecution.