December 2, 2022

The Enugu State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force has identified one of those suspected Point Of Sale, POS, robbers who were killed and burnt on Wednesday after a failed robbery attempt in the state.

A source in the police command told IsL source that the police have begun tracking the people involved in the criminal mob action that led to the death of the suspects who one of them happened to be a dismissed police constable in the police force

Also invited for interrogation are some POS operators that the suspects allegedly tried to rob.

IsL had reported that two young men were apprehended and killed by a mob in Enugu after they attempted to rob POS centres around Bissala Road in the Independence Layout area in Enugu city, the Enugu State capital.

Reacting to the development in a statement issued by the State Police Command through its spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the police command identified one of the victims of the jungle justice as Ogbobe Benjamin.

Benjamin was a Police Constable dismissed for indiscipline. The command said said Benjamin should not be seen or said to be a serving policeman as claimed in some quarters.

Ndukwe said the state police commissioner, Ahmed Ammani, condemned the mob action and extrajudicial killing of the two alleged robbers by the angry mob.

According to the statement, the Commissioner has ordered the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID) to carry out a discreet investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident and those involved.

The statement partly read, “The CP describes as untrue and unfounded, the viral media report suggesting that the victims of the act of jungle justice are policemen serving in New Haven Police Division of the Command.

“Contrary to the report, available records only revealed that one of them, later identified as Ogbobe Benjamin, has long been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force as a Police Constable, for acts against discipline. Hence, he can never be seen or said to be a serving Policeman as claimed.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner has reiterated that no matter the circumstance, resorting to self-help to carry out acts of jungle justice in this manner, without recourse to extant laws and the criminal administration system, is totally condemnable and tantamount to the commission of crime in itself.

“Hence, he cautions against such heinous and cruel acts that violate the provisions of the Constitution and other extant laws, especially as it concerns the inalienable rights of the person; and impedes the Command’s efforts at combating crimes and criminality in the State.

The command’s spokesman, however, appealed to Nigerians, especially residents of the state to always be law-abiding and assist the police in the fight against all forms of crime.

He noted that any suspected criminal apprehended should be handed over to the police for further investigation and lawful actions.

He said doing this is in line with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, the amended Nigeria Police Act 2020 and other laws.

“The Command’s emergency hotlines on 08098880172, 08032003702, 08075390883 or 08086671202; or alternatively send emails to infoenugupolice@gmail.com,” he added.

Meanwhile, SaharaReporters gathered that operatives of the command have started tracking people who carried out the jungle justice on Wednesday.

A senior police officer told SaharaReporters that the operators of the said POS centres have been summoned for interrogation and could be possibly detained if they could not provide a satisfactory explanation as to how the victims attempted to rob them, IsL source reports

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