The Benue Police Command has warned residents in the state against jungle justice when dealing with suspected criminals.
The Benue Commissioner of Police, Mr Hyacinth Dogala, gave the warning in Makurdi on Tuesday while parading suspected criminals arrested within the first six weeks of his assumption of office.
He condemned jungle justice as barbaric and unlawful.
Dogala advised that “all suspected criminals arrested must be handed over to the police or any other security agency for investigation and prosecution.”
The commissioner of police said that jungle justice often exposed innocent citizens to unwarranted attacks and harassment.
The police boss warned that “anybody caught in the act of jungle justice will be arrested and prosecuted.”
He assured that the command was intensifying its patrol around the highways and the nooks and crannies of the state to reduce the crime rate.
Dogala said the command had revived its urban patrol to make use of foot patrol officers and assured that they would be deployed to street corners to contain crimes.
The command paraded 15 suspected criminals including a suspected kidnapper. (NAN)