- Enugu state command has condemned in its entirety the mob action and extra-judicial killing of two alleged male criminal suspects
- The police also described as untrue and unfounded the viral media report suggesting that the victims of the act of jungle justice were serving policemen
- It added that one of them, later identified as Ogbobe Benjamin, has long been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force as a Police Constable
The Enugu State Police Command has confirmed that a dismissed policeman was one of the two suspected Point Of Sales robbers, who were set ablaze in the state on Wednesday.
This comes after reports that one of the suspected POS robbers who was recently set ablaze by a mob along Bissala Road, Independence Layout in the state was a serving policeman in New Haven Police Division, a claim which the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, denied.
In a statement made available, on Friday, November 11, 2022, to our correspondent by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the CP described the report as untrue.
The command said available records only revealed that one of them, identified as Ogbobe Benjamin, has long been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force as a Police Constable, for acts of indiscipline.
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“State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department is ordered to carry out a discreet investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident and those involved.
“No matter the circumstance, resorting to self-help to carry out acts of jungle justice in such a manner, without recourse to extant laws and the criminal administration system, is totally condemnable and tantamount to the commission of a crime in itself,” the Commissioner reiterated.
He warned 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 CP further urged citizens of the state to always be law-abiding and assist the Police in the fight against criminals and their activities.