The Anambra State Police command in collaboration with security operatives have rescued two kidnap victims and recover two vehicles.
According to statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, security operatives intercepted a seven man kidnap gang along Awada in Obosi Idemili North local government areas of Anambra State but in attempt to arrest the criminals, six out of the seven gang member escaped.
He said that the gang abandoned both the two victims as well as vehicle and their operational vehicle, a Toyota Highlander jeep with reg nos NSH 398 HA and Toyota Camry with reg nos BRS 941 AA.
The police spokesperson said that the seventh person, arrested was lynched by an angry mob who set him ablaze before police operatives could arrive the scene.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police CP Echeng while condemning the act of mob action by some members of the public who resort to jungle justice whenever they arrest suspects in respect of criminal allegations without recourse to the Police for proper investigation.
“He also urged them to always exercise restraint by not taking the law into their hands.
“They should endeavour to take such suspects to the nearest Police Station whenever they are apprehended. This would afford the Police the opportunity to conduct appropriate investigation into the nefarious activities of the suspects; and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws.
“Meanwhile, police operatives have initiated operation aimed at arresting the fleeing gang members and suspects who took laws into their hands by setting ablaze the arrested suspect.” He added.