Ondo State Government on Tuesday cautioned against jungle justice, just as it says it would prosecute those involved in the death of the young man killed in Akure on Monday.
The young man, Tope Olorunfemi, was murdered by mobs who alleged that he was an internet fraudster (Yahoo Boy), after his vehicle hit some road users, killing two and injuring six persons.
Below is the statement from the government:
The attention of the Ondo State Government has been drawn to a disturbing recourse to jungle justice by the public. This is especially true when citizens are attacked, and killed, based on one flimsy excuse or the other, especially on allegations of Internet scam, laced with ritual killing, commonly referred to as Yahoo Plus.
The Ag. Governor, His Excellency, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Ayedatiwa has expressed shock and disbelief, on the recent mob attack that led to the stoning to death of 35-year old Tope Olorunfemi at Ijoka Area of Akure. The young man, riding in a Toyota car, reportedly ran into a motorcyclist and his passenger, resulting in some fatalities. The government condemns in strong terms the incident and said all those found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of law. While government does not condone criminality in whatever guise, it also does not subscribe to people taking laws into their hands. It was reported, that the quick intervention of law enforcement agents, saved the parents of the deceased from suffering the same fate as their son. Sadly, they watched in horror and total helplessness as their son was pummeled to death.
His Excellency, Hon. Ayedatiwa urges Ondo State citizens to have trust in the rule of law, as government will not condone any form of mob action and hooliganism in the administration of Justice in Ondo State. The government is saddened by this development and commiserates with all the families that lost their loved ones as a result of this incident while praying for quick recovery for those that sustained injuries.
Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation