Allegedly Orchestrated by Victims’ Relatives, Lightning Fatally Strikes Three Suspected Kidnappers in Kwara
Reportedly, a thunderstrike believed to have been masterminded by the relatives of the victims has resulted in the death of three individuals suspected of being kidnappers. The incident took place in the Oro Ago community of Ifelodun Local Government Area in Kwara State.
According to information gathered by Vanguard, the occurrence can be attributed to the efforts of a local vigilante team in the Igbomina region of Kwara, aimed at addressing security challenges in the area. The incident occurred three days ago.
A source within the Oro-Ago Development Union (ODU), a socio-cultural organization representing the indigenous people of the area, confirmed the incident. The local vigilante team in the area reportedly informed the organization about the incident.
It is said that the kidnapping victims in the town had sought the assistance of the local vigilantes, who had pledged to use traditional charms to confront the kidnappers who had been causing terror in the town and its surroundings.
A viral video of the incident revealed that the victims of the thunderstrike were suspected members of an eight-man kidnapping gang who had reportedly operated in Iwo, Isin Local Government Area of the state approximately two weeks prior. The one-minute and thirteen-second video clip depicted decomposing bodies of three young individuals, believed to be in their 20s, badly burnt and unrecognizable in a bush, with flies swarming the scene.
The voice in the short video clip stated, “We are members of the vigilante team in Igbomina Kwara. Our efforts against those perpetrating evil and kidnapping people in our area have yielded results. Thunderstrike has killed three of them. God will continue to grant us success against the evildoers. By the grace of God, we shall overcome them all. Thank you all.”
Another video clip showed some Fulani herders, said to be relatives of the victims of the thunderstrike, lamenting their loss in a bush. They attributed the incident to an act of God that cannot be questioned by anyone, asserting that thunderstrike is a divine phenomenon and not man-made.
When contacted, Kwara State Police Commissioner, Ebunoluwarotimi Adelesi, confirmed the incident, stating that the command and its personnel have initiated an investigation into the matter.
The police commissioner added that the authenticity of the incident will be determined after a thorough investigation.