Residents of Ijoka area of Ondo town in Ondo State recently marched on Yaba Police Station in the area threatening to bring the building down.
Their grouse with police authorities there, it was later found out, was that they wanted to carry out jungle justice on an alleged robber cum r?pist, who had held the community by the jugular for a long time now.
It was reported that penultimate Tuesday, a little after midnight, the robber/ r?pist, who always dons a mask when carrying out his crime, forcefully gained entrance into a house demanding that a notable woman trader there should open her door.
The woman claimed that the robber/ r?pist forced his way into her apartment and demanded for the proceeds of the previous day, which he reportedly collected from her, and threatening to kill her should she raise the alarm. It was reported that after raiding the woman?s apartment, Mufutau jumped into another room in the same building where he allegedly r?ped a lady and collected her school fees and mobile telephone handset.
From there, he reportedly entered into another building close by and allegedly r?ped a woman in her late 60s. He also reportedly moved from room to room in the building doing what he knows how to do best.
But while the robbery was on going, a resident was courageous enough to alert the police on the crime. The law enforcement agents responded promptly to the distress call and headed for the area.
But when he heard the siren of the law enforcement agents, Mufutau reportedly abandoned his mission midway, rushed out of the building and took to his heels. Luck, however, ran out on him when he was held to the ground by two of the policemen who already laid an ambush for him.
Once the law enforcement agents caught him, the hood on his face was removed to reveal his identity. The entire residents of the area, who, by then had joined the police team on the street, were shocked to see that the tormentor of the area all along was a known face in the area. In anger, some youths in the community struggled to have him released to them by the law enforcement agents so that they could deal with him their own way.
The police team had a hectic time before they could take Mufutau with them to their station. But the youths and other members of the community followed the law enforcement agents to the station, demanding that they release the criminal to them. Mufutau was also led to his house where a lot of stolen items were discovered in his room.
In his statement, Mufutau, who blamed the devil for his action, begged the law enforcement agents to save him from being killed by the irate mob.
One of Mufutau?s victims, who would not want his name in print, claimed that since the new phase of robbery commenced in the area, the suspect was always among the youths that always promised to unravel the person behind the heinous crimes.
Narrating her experience, another resident identified as Karimot, claimed that the suspect had terrorised the community for so long, asking that justice be done on the matter.
She said, ?Everyone in the community was shocked to see that the man under the mask was one who we always discussed the new wave of crime in the community with. It was a hard pill to swallow for most of us and that is why we are at the police station to know how the case would be handled.? A police source at the station who craved anonymity said, ?It is understandable the way those people feel.
Left to them, they would have killed the suspect right there.
But the law does not allow that. As law enforcement agents, we would not allow jungle justice no matter how compelling the reason is. Investigation has commenced on the matter and all I can assure you is that we will see this case to its end and the suspect would be prosecuted at the end of the investigation.?