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Kidnap suspect thanks the police for saving his life from angry mob, friend not as lucky

Kidnap suspect, Femi Animashaun thanked the police for saving his life from angry mob but his friend was not as lucky in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

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Animashaun is alive to tell his story but his friend, Yemi Taiwo, did not survive the attack as he died on the way to the hospital.

The Police said they received distress calls that some angry youths were about lynching two suspects, who they allegedly attacked at the palace of their traditional ruler.

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Police operatives raced to the scene, rescued the suspects and took them to the hospital but one of them gave up the ghost.

One of the suspects, Animashaun, said, “I thank God and the Police who rescued me. I went to the area to inspect my building project in the company of my friend, Taiwo. Taiwo was my linkman in the area; so each time I wanted to go to the land, I will call him to accompany me”.
“On the fateful day, Taiwo arrived at the scene and he was attacked by the youths. As I got to the place, some of them, who identified me as Taiwo’s friend also attacked me. The mob inflicted machete cuts on us.

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They used other weapons including charms to beat us. It was while we were being brutalized that the Police arrived at the scene and rescued us.”

“We were rushed to the hospital for treatment but Taiwo didn’t make it as he gave up the ghost. We were beaten by the mob, not the police. I am grateful to the Police. If not for the Police, I would have been dead. The Police did well for me, but I am sad that my friend did not make it.””I am not a kidnapper as the Oba had alleged. I am a victim of circumstance.”

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Meanwhile, the royal father in question, the newly crowned Oba of Isiu, Oba Kayode Raji, said after he was installed as Oba, some residents were coming to the palace to place congratulatory banners in his honour.

“Unfortunately, on 4th September, 2020, I was in the palace when I saw some hoodlums led by Yunusa, a land-grabber, who invaded the palace in an attempt to abduct me around 7am. They vandalised cars and so many things in the palace. The local vigilante was able to apprehend two of the hoodlums after they had exhausted their ammunition, but they were beaten up by an angry mob before they were rescued by the Police who were deployed to the community to maintain law and order” the Oba said.

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However, operatives from the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, gave more insight into the circumstances that led to the death of Taiwo.

At a briefing at his office in Onikan, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said he was shocked by the report alleging that it was the Police that murdered Taiwo, describing it as “false and unfair”.

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The wife of the deceased, Olabisi Taiwo, on Wednesday, alleged that it was while the Police were taking her husband back to their annex office in Ikorodu that he died in custody, but the Police have denied the allegation.

The AIG, who was represented by the officer in charge of Zonal Monitoring Unit, SP Adams Uba, said over a period of time, reports reaching AIG Iliyasu on the activities of cultists in the community were disturbing and the Police were doing their best to curtail the activities of the hoodlums.

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He said, “The hoodlums always hold the community hostage and as a result of that, shops, schools and all business in the town are forced to close down with people, young and old, scampering for safety, while several properties are destroyed each time the hoodlums go on rampage”.
“On September 4, the hoodlums, numbering over 20, stormed the community wielding guns, and invaded the palace of the Isiu, shooting sporadically into the palace. While the clash was going on, some youths in the community, in reprisal, apprehended two of the marauders and inflicted serious injuries on them. It was the quick arrival of our officers to the scene that saved the two victims from the mob, who were about to lynch them and we took them to the hospital for urgent treatment.”

“We gave the victims necessary medical treatment, but one of them, Taiwo, could not make it. We recovered a gun and cartridges from the victims.

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What do we stand to benefit after rescuing the victims by killing one and leaving one alive? It is not logical. We were not there when they were fighting; we only responded to distress calls and, as Police officers, we rescued the victims.”

“There was no time that we tortured the land agent and his friend. We only went to the community to maintain law and order. We also have blood running in our veins. We don’t know where the information emanated from that we didn’t take them to hospital” Uba added.

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