Some angry youths and resident of Shasa community in Akure metropolis, Ondo State, yesterday, stoned Police detectives for trying to rescue a suspected ritualist from being set ablaze.
The suspect, whose identity was unknown at press time, was mobbed by residents of the community on the Akure-Abuja Expressway, near Shasa Market, for carrying a big bag allegedly containing human parts.
He was said to be loitering around the area, when some youths accosted him, asking him questions he could not give convincing responses to.
However, when searched, incriminating items suspected to be human parts and charms were allegedly found inside the bag.
One of the eyewitnesses told newsmen:
“When the people around found some items covered with 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.”
It was gathered that Police detectives from Oba Ile Police Division, who arrived the scene after a tip-off, were stoned while trying to whisk the suspect away from the scene.
The Police detectives dispersed the crowd and whisked the suspect away.
Contacted, the Police image-maker, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, saying no human part was found in the suspect’s bag.
Joseph confirmed that the suspect was beaten to a pulp by the irate youths, saying “the suspect’s identity is unknown yet, 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 part in his bag, but we saw a big stone, covered with sawdust, a blood-stained cloth and some charms.
“We are yet to confirm whether the bloodstains are human’s.
“State Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, has ordered the Criminal Investigative Department of the command to take over the matter to ascertain whether the bloodstains are from human or animal.”