The Ogun State Police Command has said three persons were allegedly beaten to death in Aseese, Mowe in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state over suspicion of theft.
It thus warned residents to desist from unleashing jungle justice on people suspected to have committed crime.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the state police command has observed with great concern, the rate at which some members of the public were taking laws into their hands.
He said after the three people were beaten to death, their vehicle was set ablaze.
He added that it was the quick intervention of police from Mowe Division that saved other two persons from being gruesomely murdered.
Oyeyemi said another group that was guilty of this barbaric act were the okada riders who were always in the habit of attacking motorists involved in an accident with any of their members.
He said, “Their usual practice is to set such vehicle ablaze regardless of whether their member is at fault or not.
“The command is hereby using this medium to warn that such unlawful behaviour will no longer be tolerated in any part of the state, and anybody caught in such dastardly act will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the dictate of the law.
“In as much as every member of the public has the power to arrest anyone who is suspected to have committed a crime, the provision of the law is that such arrested person should be handed over to any of the law enforcement agencies for proper investigation and prosecution.
“It is therefore an act of barbarism for anybody to apply jungle justice on anyone no matter how weighty is the allegation levelled against such person.
“Human life is sacred, and it is sacrilegious for anybody to unlawfully take another person’s life.”