Two residents of Iwo town in Osun State were on Monday shot by police after they clashed with officers over the custody of a suspected kidnapper.
A resident told PREMIUM TIMES that the clash began after a suspected kidnapper was apprehended by some residents and dragged to the palace of the traditional ruler of the town, the Oluwo of Iwo.
After interviewing the suspect, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale was said to have invited the police to come take over the case.
But residents, who had massed at the palace, blocked attempts by the traditional ruler to hand over the suspect to the police, a palace insider said.
They claimed that similar cases were reported to the police in the past but that suspects were allowed to go free with no charges pressed, a witness said.
One resident said a child was kidnapped in the town three days ago and that the police had failed to find the child or track the abductors.
“So as the police made to go away with the suspected kidnapper, residents blocked them, stoned them, held them hostage and set up bonfires,” one resident, who gave his name as Ibrahim, said.
“They kept abusing the police saying they were shameless bribetakers and then they clashed with the police as the officers tried to force themselves out of the palace with the suspected kidnapper.
“In the process, two persons were shot, one on the leg and the other on the waist. They were rushed to the General Hospital here.”
Confirming the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, Oba Adewale said normalcy had however returned to the town and that the place was now peaceful.
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