Irate youths yesterday mobbed two men in separate parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on the grounds that they were ritualists. While they succeeded in burning one to death, the police rescued the other person.
One of the incidents took place at Oke Ado, Ibadan, where a man suspected to be mad was caught and set ablaze.
When Daily Sun got to the scene of the incident, ashes littered the floor, while riot policemen arrested a man suspected to be a member of the mob.
Witnesses told Daily Sun that the man disguised as a mad man but could have been a kidnapper or a ritualist, as a pistol, some foreign currencies and ATM cards were allegedly found on him.
It was also gathered that the items found on the man were taken away by some members of the mob.
A few minutes after his remains were taken away by the police, a new set of policemen stormed the area. In the melee, market men and women locked up their shops and deserted the area.
The joint security team, from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Operation Burst and the Mobile Police, combed the area and arrested eight people in connection with the mob action.
Another suspected kidnapper was mobbed at Queens Cinema area. He was almost set ablaze, but for the timely arrival of policemen, who dispersed the mob and took the away.
Confirming the two incidents, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olabisi Ilobanafor, disclosed that three identity cards of different names and a cash of N11, 600 were found on the man rescued at Queens Cinema, adding that 42 SIM cards of various networks were also found on him.
The PPRO had earlier warned people against taking laws into their hands when they suspect any one, mad or not.