By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Police command on Tuesday, warned against persistent cases of jungle justice in some parts of the state as it paraded 41 suspected criminals arrested from different locations.
The state Commissioner of Police CP Ngozi Onadeko handed down the warning at the Oyo state Police Command headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan while briefing journalists on the activities of the command.
CP Onadeko declared that the Oyo state Police command condemned strongly the increasing wave of jungle justice, describing it “as inhumane, a gross violation of the victim’s right to fair-hearing and utter disregard on the sanctity of human life”.
The Commissioner of Police stressed that there is the need for parents, guardians, religious and community leaders in the state to caution their wards against engaging in jungle justice as violators would be thoroughly sanctioned and prosecuted.
” I would like to use this medium to appeal to the conscience of the good people of the state against the unpleasant rising trend of jungle justice which the Command condemns strongly as inhumane, a gross violation of the victim’s right to fair-hearing and utter disregard on the sanctity of human life”, she said .
CP Onadeko added, ” consequent upon the above, parents, guardians and leaders wielding various degrees of influence in religious, educational and traditional capacities are passionately advised to warn their wards and proteges against these despicable acts of heightened levels of impunity as violators would be thoroughly sanctioned and prosecuted”.
The Commissioner of Police while re-affirming the command’s commitment to justice and assurances of a sustained level of relative tranquility throughout the yuletide and beyond, solicited improved cooperation from the citizenry especially in the areas of providing credible and timely information germane in birthing a crime free Oyo State.
On the arrested criminals, CP Onadeko said the suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from armed robbery, burglary and stealing, conspiracy and stealing, unlawful possession of human head, and suspected cultists/ hoodlums.
According to CP Onadeko, some of the suspected criminals were arrested by men of the Oyo state Police command in Ibadan, Ayete, Ogbomoso,