A 22-year-old man identified as Ayomide Fawehinmi has been rescued by police officials from an angry mob who attacked him for allegedly stealing a child in the Empire area of Surulere.
The suspect was rescued and thereafter arrested after a distress call was received from members of the community about the mob action.
According to a statement released by the Lagos State Police Command PRO Benjamin Hundeyin, "Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect lured a 15-year-old boy from his mother’s shop and was taking him to an unknown destination before he was accosted by a neighbour who raised the alarm.
"The suspect had already dispossessed the boy of an Itel android phone to cut off communication with his mother.
"While the boy has been rescued unhurt and the phone recovered, investigation is ongoing to establish the full extent of the suspect’s culpability. Suspect would be arraigned contingent on the outcome of the investigation."
The statament continued: "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."