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.
Graphic photos below:
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.
Nigerians are reacting to this news on social media with #Garri and #JungleJustice. Below are some of these reactions…
It’s crazy how people who carry out jungle justice think they are better humans than their victims
— Bae (@MgbekeFF) November 16, 2016
Jungle justice is born out of the failure of the justice system in NIGERIA.
— Marquis of Salisbury (@Uncle_Kae) November 16, 2016
Jungle justice for whatever reason is barbaric. If you support such you are a barbarian too. Let’s call a spade a spade.
— Petty Penelope (@KhaleesiNU) November 16, 2016
This thread. Stop jungle justice. Those that engage in it should be arrested and made to face the law. https://t.co/aQ1hXzuu5y
— vikky (@vikkyiwara) November 16, 2016
Rich: They steal billions n call it embezzlement witout justice.
Poor: Stole #5 & what u will hear is burn him.
No to Jungle Justice
— Tandyboy (@iam_tandyboy) November 16, 2016
— Ọba (@OlaseniOladejo) November 16, 2016
“He stole garri”
“He stole a phone”
“He tried to kill somebody”
THERE’S NO GOOD REASON TO LYNCH SOMEBODY!!!
Carry the person to d police
— AdaNwaAda (@cremechic11) November 16, 2016
We’ll carry placards for Dasuki, Patience, Tinubu, Amaechi and the rest but beat and burn a 7 year old child for stealing garri.
— Nubari Saatah (@Saatah) November 16, 2016
All TV and radio stations in Lagos needs to start sensitizing the masses on Jungle justice, it’s not everytime music and news
— VoiceOfPHCity (@TWEETEST_BOI) November 16, 2016
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!