Instant justice cases increase in Bono Region
The victims, who were suspected to be criminals, were males between the ages of 20 and 35.
In some cases, the suspected criminals were set ablaze with old car tyres, fuel and other inflammable materials.
It is obvious some communities use mob justice as a tool to mete out instant justice to suspected criminals but the practice is illegal.
In other parts of the country, it is not only suspected criminals who sometimes face mob justice but also people suspected to be witches, wizards, adulterers and homosexuals.
“I don’t support mob justice, killing suspected criminals instantly does not help police investigations,” ASP Oppong stated, explaining that interrogating suspects could lead to the arrest of other criminals.
Commenting on the reasons why people opt for mob justice, ASP Oppong said delays at police stations and court processes in dealing with suspected criminals were major reasons some members of the public preferred to handle criminals in their own way instead of handing them over to the police.
He added that the public used mob justice because they thought punishment given to criminals such as short jail terms and bail were too soft and did not deter criminals from committing crimes.