A suspected ritual killer allegedly caught with a human corpse has escaped being beaten to death by a mob in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti  State capital.

The suspect was caught on Sunday, September 9th as he dumped a corpse by the riverside.

The man identified simply as Kunle, and said to be in his 20s, was rescued from the mob by the timely arrival of a police patrol team which whisked him and the corpse away from the scene.

The incident occurred at Ureje River along Ikere Road in Ajilosun area of the town at about 6.00 am.

Residents at the scene of the incident claimed that the suspect killed the woman and attempted to bolt away before he was apprehended.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspect was sighted by the some residents from a distance as he threw the corpse into the river.

The residents were said to have rushed to the scene and chased the suspect, who was already running away from the spot.

They were also said to have asked the man where he got the copse from but he could not give any reasonable response.

The irate members of the community pounced on him and nearly killed him before the police team arrived.

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An eyewitness said: ''The young man, believed to be in his early twenties was caught in the act in the river where he killed the woman and was given a hot chase by the people.

“He was running towards the left side of the river and the people went after him before he was apprehended at the other end of the river.”

The corpse, it was learnt, was removed by men of the Ekiti State Fire Service from the river and deposited at a public mortuary for autopsy.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident.

He explained that investigation into the incident is ongoing as the suspect is being interrogated on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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