An unidentified suspected ritualist, who was loitering around a community in Ondo state with a bloodstained bag, was beaten to coma by an angry mob who allegedly found that the bag contained human body parts.
A suspected ritual killer who was carrying a big bag allegedly containing human parts and was also loitering suspiciously, was on Thursday, mobbed by some angry residents of Shasa community in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
While speaking to a correspondent, an eyewitness said that when the man was stopped and interrogated by some residents of the area, he could not give a convincing answer.
It was gathered that following his inability to respond questions, the residents were said to have forcefully collected the bag from him and when the bag was opened, some items suspected to be human parts and charms were said to have been found inside the bag.
The eyewitness said, “When the people around found some items covered with human blood in the bag, they started beating the man. As he was about to be set ablaze policemen came to the scene and rescued him.”
According to PUNCH, a police source who also spoke to a reporter, said as the team of the policemen from Oba-Ile Police Division arrived the scene, they were pelted with stones in order to prevent them from taking the suspect away from the scene.
The policemen were said to have dispersed the angry crowd and whisked the suspect away from the scene.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said that no human part was found in the bag of the suspect. He also confirmed that the suspect was beaten to a pulp.
He said, “The suspect’s identity was unknown because he was still unconscious as a result of the severe beating he got from the mob. It also took the intervention of our men to save him from the mob. Our men were also stoned.
“We didn’t find any human parts in his bag but we saw a big stone, covered by sawdust, a blood-stained cloth and some charms inside the bag but we are yet to confirm whether the blood-stain was human blood or not."
The PPRO added that the state Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, has ordered the Criminal Investigative Department of the command to take over the matter so as to ascertain whether the blood stain was that of human or animal.