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The Abia State Police Command has reiterated its warning against all forms of jungle justice in all parts of the state, recommending that criminal suspects should be reported for investigation rather than being lynched.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Maureen Chinaka, who made the call on a radio sensitization program, was reacting to reports on jungle justice in some parts of the state, including the recent lynching of a man identified as Ikechi Kalu. One of the families in the state's Arochukwu local council is suspected of stealing a motorcycle.

The late Kalu, said to be a father of one, was suspected of stealing another man's motorcycle in November, before some youths reportedly arrested him and set him on fire with a tire. He was reportedly “convicted” of the crime.

A video of the lynching trending on the internet showed the Jungle Justice victim being beaten before being set on fire.

Chinaka called on Abia residents to report any suspected criminals or lawbreakers, allowing the police to take up the matter in accordance with the law.

She added that some people who indulged in jungle justice have already been arrested and said more people would be arrested.

Source: dailypost.ng

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