Two yet-to-be-identified men were on Saturday set ablaze by an angry mob in the Igando area of Lagos state for allegedly robbing a POS attendant.
Making this known in a Tweet on Sunday, Benjamin Hundeyin spokesperson of the Lagos state police command while condemning the actions of the mob, said the suspects were burnt beyond recognition.
Further revealing that investigations into the perpetrators of the act had begun, Hundeyin, who appeared befuddled, inquired as to how the state’s archaic practice of jungle justice could be abolished.
“Yesterday, at Igando, two men allegedly robbed a POS attendant. A mob descended on them and set them ablaze; burnt beyond recognition. Police arrived but the mob had fled. Investigation has commenced. Again, how do we put a stop to this archaic and criminal practice?” Hundeyin said.
The Nigerian police force has long advocated against jungle justice, which has been the norm in Nigeria over the past years. The police have continued to warn Nigerians against taking the law into their own hands, preaching that citizens should let the law take its course.
However, the tradition of mob action has persisted in the country, as many innocent people have been wrongfully killed, while others have narrowly escaped death at the hands of angry mobs.