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Police battle mob for refusing to free suspected kidnapper in Osun

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An angry mob on Monday stormed the palace of the Oluwo of Iwo, Osun State Oba Abdurasheed Akanbi, and razed part of the palace in an attempt to stone a suspected kidnapper caught by some residents of the town to death.

It was gathered that the female suspect was arrested while making frantic telephone calls somewhere in the town and some youths, who suspected that she was a kidnapper, pounced on her.

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The angry mob eventually dragged her to the Oba’s palace, demanding immediate interrogation to make her confess.

Punch reports that while the ‘king was interrogating the woman, some policemen arrived at the scene and some youths, who became angry by the arrival of the security agents, started hurling stones at them.

The policemen made several attempts but were resisted from taking the woman away.

It was further gathered that the mob did not leave the palace until the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Femi Oyeleye, led a team of mobile policemen to the palace with an Armour Personnel Carrier.

The CP was said to have addressed the residents and assured them that the case would be properly investigated and the suspect would be charged to court if there were evidence against her.

Oba Akanbi said, “I was holding a meeting when they brought the woman, they said she is a kidnapper. Those who brought her to the palace said they believed she would confess to me if I interrogated her.

“I was asking her some questions when the police came to the place. The people started stoning the policemen because they said they did not have confidence in the police.

“They said the police would release her but I have no power ‎to detain the suspect or to order that she should be killed. The law must be followed, our law does not make provision for jungle justice but they refused to listen.

“The CP led his men and addressed them in front of the palace and the policemen eventually took the woman away. But while they were stoning the policemen, they broke some lights on the fence of the palace.”

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