A suspected chronic criminal was set ablaze by a mob in Oro town, Irepodun local government area of Kwara State today March 20th.
According to reports, the irate mob had besieged the Oro police station early Wednesday morning, where the suspect simply identified as Femi Tete, was being detained, demanding his release to them for “proper judgement.” It was also gathered that the suspect had always been in and out of police detention for several criminal offences in the past.
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Eyewitness accounts said that the police refused to yield to demand of the people. This got the community members angry as they descended on the police station, destroying everything on sight. The situation got tensed and uncontrollable for the policemen as the people later took out the suspect, set him ablaze and also vandalised the police station.
Some sources in the community said that the mob action was carried out by some aggrieved commercial motorcycle operators in the area, who had reportedly lost a member on Sunday. The sources said that the deceased motorcycle operator (okada) had been tricked by some hoodlums, believed to include Femi Tete, into a bush in Agbamu, collected his motorcycle and later killed him.
It was gathered that the deceased motorcycle operator (Okada) was killed in Agbamu bush on Sunday when he was reportedly tricked into the bush by some suspected criminals. The corpse was discovered on Tuesday by relations and the suspected criminal arrested.
According to a top police source in Oro, the suspected armed robber, Femi Tete of Salawa area Oro, was burnt alive by an angry mob, while his remains had been deposited at Omu Aran general hospital.