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#JungleJustice: Social Media reacts to yet another lynching


It might be the 21st century, but many still take matters into their hands with the barbaric practices of the centuries long past – Jungle justice, disregarding the rule of law.

According to a Facebook user, Oladipupo Dare, who posted the graphic photos Monday on social media, the man pictured below was beaten and burnt to death after he was caught allegedly trying to rob residents of their money and mobile phones. Eye witnesses reportedly disclosed that the suspect was also attempting to kill some people and was caught in the process.

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Meanwhile, this same photos have gone viral on social media today, but with a conflicting report that the suspect was a 7-year-old boy who was lynched for allegedly stealing garri from a trader’s shop in Badagry.

Well, whatever the case, an individual was unjustly murdered; this should be the focus.

Coincidentally today is International Day for Tolerance Created in 1955, and aimed at shutting the door against aggression and discrimination, strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. The very resident evil of ignorance and self righteousness, Nigerians are clearly far from acting like a people who have seen the light.

You recall the sad and very popular Aluu 4 incident that shock the nation in 2012; the unjust killing Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekena Elkanah, all students of the University of Port Harcourt who were lynched after they were falsely accused of being thieves in Aluu, a community in Port Harcourt, Rivers State – Till date no single person has been sent to prison for the crime.

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Nigerians are reacting to this news on social media with #Garri and #JungleJustice. Below are some of these reactions…

It’s sad that just like the many past incidences of jungle justice and other appalling issues in our social and political clime, hashtags will trend, Nigerians would rant, daggers would be thrown – at the government and law enforcement agencies, but as history would show, not much is eventually done to stop this act which is clearly WRONG!

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