Residents of Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti East Local Government area of Ekiti State, have allegedly beaten a man suspected to be kidnapper to death.
The incident occurred at Iludofin area of Omuo Ekiti on Saturday. The incident occurred few minutes after 2.00 pm when the pupils were returning from a school programme.
According to local source, the kidnapper allegedly attempted to abduct a seven-year-old boy and was caught in the act by angry youth in the area.
It was further learnt that a man, who saw the suspect grab the boy and forcefully dragged him into a nearby bush, raised the alarm.
“The suspect was trailing the boy home from school. When he realised that he had reached a bushy footpath, he pounced on him and started dragging him into the bush,” according locals.
“But a man who was looking from afar raised an alarm and the people caught him in the act and beat him.”
The police command in Ekiti state, while confirming the incident, affirmed that the deceased was beating to the point of death by the residents.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the man died immediately he got to the police station.
Abutu said it was one of the Chiefs at Iludofin quarters that reported the case to the police, and his men acted promptly.
The PPRO said “The mob action was very thick, but the police tried and rescued him and the intention was to first take him to the station for cover before rushing him to the hospital for medical attention.
“Unfortunately, he died in the station as a result of the severe beating,” the PPRO said.
He said the corpse of the deceased had since been deposited in the morgue at the General Hospital, Omuo Ekiti, while investigation into the matter had commenced.
He cautioned people of the state against taking the laws into their hands and embarking on acts of jungle justice, saying every suspect is presumed innocent until found guilty.