CITIZENS COMPASS– SAVE for the prompt intervention of Policemen from Surulere Division, in Lagos, four suspects would have been lynched by a mob in the area.
The four men were 48 years old Babatunde Ogunsemi, 50 years old Olatunde Ayinde, 49 years old Oludare Olusegun and 41 years old Sunday Ebifega who were alleged to have stolen some items in a supermarket in Surulere area.
SP Benjamin Hundeyin, Spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, said the suspects were rescued and thereafter arrested following swift deployment of officers after receipt of a distress call from members of the community about the mob action. The syndicate had ventured into a supermarket, attempted to steal before they were caught.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were once captured on CCTV on 01/09/2022 shoplifting six bottles of Martell Blue swift cognac from the same supermarket.
One of the suspects, Sunday, had been previously charged to court in 2021 for shoplifting.
“Suspects would be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation.
“The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc commends residents of Lagos State for always promptly alerting the authorities to suspicious person/happenings and sternly warns member of the public to desist from jungle justice as it is a crime in itself.”