Two suspected ritualists have been set ablaze by an angry mob at the Ile-Zik area of the old Lagos-Abeokuta expressway yesterday at about 7.00am. The news of an alleged discovery of another tunnel used by ritualists at the Ile-Zik Bus stop broke out on Thursday morning and ignited anger in the residents of the area.
The tunnel was discovered by some residents of the area, claiming that some body parts were found in the tunnel and also that it was inhabited by persons of questionable characters.
Regardless of the fact that the Lagos State Police Command had dismissed the claims of the tunnel being a ritualist den, some of the residents strengthened by the claim that human body parts were found in the tunnel and that these body parts were being sold to some high standing members of the society, stormed the tunnel at about 7.ooam on Friday morning.
They stormed the area with all manner of dangerous weapons, with the intention of lynching anyone found there. The police had earlier claimed that persons found there were destitute, but residents who were witnesses claimed that the victims were in possession of an iPhone and looked sane until the residents accosted them and they began to act like insane persons.
The two suspects found were immediately lynched before the police could arrive at the scene, the armed mobile policemen as well as operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) arrived late and were only able to remove the remains of the victims but they have been able to restore a sense of normalcy to the area.
Eyewitnesses stated that the hoodlums in the area were reacting angrily because of the news of a ritualist den in a tunnel that was discovered in Obadeyi Bus stop in Ijaiye area of Lagos State.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni has however condemned the acts, describing them as barbaric and has warned the people against perpetration of jungle justice, stating that there was no justification for it and that persons caught would definitely be brought to justice.