By Jude Michael

A kidnap suspect had a narrow escape from an irate mob which set upon him before the police came to his rescue. Trinitas learnt that the suspected kidnapper was abandoned by his gang members after members of a security agency working in collaboration with the police accosted them. The seven-man gang of kidnappers had, while taking their victims along Obosi Road, been accosted by the security agents. A press release by the Anambra State Police Command which was signed by its spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, stated that six out of the seven kidnap suspects abandoned their victims and vehicles and escaped. Ikenga said the incident happened at about 9pm on Thursday, but a mob killed the arrested kidnap suspect. He said: ‘We rescued two kidnap victims and recovered a Toyota Highlander Jeep with reg nos NSH 398 HA and Toyota Camry with reg nos BRS 941 AA. ‘Preliminary information shows that security operatives intercepted a seven-man kidnap gang along Awada, and in an attempt to arrest the criminals, six out of the seven gang members escaped and abandoned both the victim’s vehicle and their operational vehicle. ‘The seventh person arrested was lynched by an angry mob and set ablaze before police operatives could arrive the scene.’ Ikenga said following the incident, the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng, had condemned the killing of the suspect, saying that it amounted to taking the law into their hands. He said, ‘He condemned the act of mob action by some members of the public who resort to jungle justice whenever they arrest suspects in respect of criminal allegations without recourse to the police for proper investigation. ‘He also urged them to always exercise restraint by not taking the law into their hands. They should endeavour to take such suspects to the nearest police station whenever they are apprehended. This will afford the police the opportunity to conduct appropriate investigation into the nefarious activities of the suspects and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws. ‘Meanwhile, police operatives have initiated an operation aimed at arresting the fleeing gang members and suspects who took the law into their hands by setting ablaze the arrested suspect.’

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