Ofilispeaks: Why Nigeria Needs An Aluu4 Mob Justice Prohibition Bill

Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.” ‒ Nigerian Constitution: Chapter IV Section 33 Fundamental Rights

On October 5th, 2012, Chiadika Lordson, Kelechi Obuzor, Lloyd Toku and Tekena Erikena, all students at the University of Port-Harcourt,  were falsely accused of theft and severely beaten and burnt to death as scores of Nigerians stood and watched.

This scene Mob Justice has gradually become a normal way of life in Nigeria. As people/communities usurp the law and take matters into their own hands. Now we know that there are no dependable statistics or numbers regarding Mob Justice occurrences in Nigeria, but what we do know is that that has been happening for years. And for years we have complained, we have cried and we have watched, but nothing has changed as Mob Justice still occurs with its perpetrators largely going unpunished.

This is largely due to the fact that people have lost faith in a police force and judicial system that have been derailed by corruption, incompetence, and inadequate resources. But also exacerbating the matter is the absence and lack of recognition of Mob Justice (and its many variations) as a crime in our Federal Laws, most particularly our CRIMINAL CODE ACTCAP C38 LFN 2004. An act which in its robust 145 page listing of criminal acts makes no mention or reference to Mob Justice…it covers Ritual Killings, Riots and even Counterfeit Stamps, but not Mob Justice.

Nigeria is in dire need of a new law. A law that punishes those that carry out extra-judiciary acts of Mob Justice on their fellow Nigerians, but more importantly a law that prosecutes those that stand and watch as these acts occur. Because those that stand and watch are the ones feeding the frenzy as they make it difficult for law enforcement agents to break up the Mob and restore peace. Sign the petition here

Now we can continue to do what we have done for years and complain and complain…but we know it will not solve the problem as it is yet to work. So now is the time to try something different  to rally around the creation of a law that explicitly prohibits Mob Justice in Nigeria. Fortunately, there is a petition for an Aluu4 Mob Justice Prohibition Bill (read: Proposed Bill) to address this issue. We are asking for your support in making this Bill or a variation of the Bill an actual reality in our criminal code. By signing the petition, you will be doing just this. Your petition will be emailed directly to several Nigerian Senators and House Representatives including Senator Magnus Abe of Rivers StateHon Abike dabiri-Erewa and others. Join the petition here

Our ultimate goal is to get at least 10,000 signatures/emails. To reach this goal we would need your help, all you have to do is send this post to your friends, post it on your facebook walls or share it on twitter. The more spread we get, the more impact we can make.

Let’s try and do Something today…Something different…Something meaningful. So that the deaths of the aluu4 will be honored not by violence or empty complaints, but rather by meaningful laws in their honor Support the petition here

NOTE: This proposal has been forwarded to some Senators and Members of the House Of Representatives and they are already looking at it. We just need to make sure they feel our passion for a bill by getting as many signatures as we can.

Ofili is an award winning anger management coach motivational speaker, author, success coach and cook entrepreneur who blogs about life, success and entrepreneurial excellence. Follow him on twitter , facebook or subscribe to his blog for more success TIPS!” 

21 Comments on Ofilispeaks: Why Nigeria Needs An Aluu4 Mob Justice Prohibition Bill
  • Traditionalbay October 22, 2012 at 11:11 am

    will do that right away! enough should be enough na…

  • Theodora October 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    i have been retweeting and following ofilispeaks, am soooooooooooooo in support of this! who knows next mob beating might be a family member mistaken for an robber(Aluuuuuuuuuu) God no go let us see bad thing again…

  • Chattyzee October 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    True talk, the house of rep and senate will not be thinking about things like these, it is how to increase their salaries that will be paramount in their hearts…

    http://dprodigalchild.wordpress.com/

  • WINIFRED October 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Ofilli, GOD WILL REWARD YOU FOR THIS. i’m signing rit away…..when is your next book by the way?

    • Okechukwu Ofili October 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Winifred. Its not just me, there are a lot of people pushing for this. We have given it to about 2-3 Senators as we speak. All we can do is keep spreading the word.

  • didikan October 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    SIGNED

  • eni October 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I WANTED TO SAY LOL…BUT DIS ISSUE IS SERIOUS OOOO. LAW??? d pple wen de mob pple no kno law? but wen d govt make law sey ‘no okada’ dem go no say dt na law. Y is dt? bcos govt go enforce dt one. we de ‘package’ govt de ‘package’ too. but at wat cost? An hungry man in Nigeria is not just an angry man in naija but a ‘complete mad man’. i kno dis bcos I am a lawyer but bcos of ‘no job’ i almost go mad. i cannot change my country n yet my profession say mk i ‘package’. y? we naija pple r 99.9% fake trust me. i pay so much to be a lawyer so i can mk a change and now my pple mk me feel like i cannot reasonably be of use to naija! wit all ur knowledge all a man sees is sex! naija upcoming artist de sing ‘too much money’ where d money de?? really!!! do we know who we r? we praise Fela but none of cos can be like him. we pay lip service to everytin. Timaya wen start by singing of the poor…wen he mk money finish ‘all d girls shake up ur bum bum’ can we fake youths save dis counrty? ! wit all d education u av in dis country u feel useless! wit all my education…sometimes i still consider suicide. d average naija youth dt mks it talks abt ‘beef’ , he tinks he is beta dan d young boy dt takes care of cattle in d north! y? bcos u cud go to sch! d sch mk u a beta person? really? or it made u feel like u r beta dan everyone else! wen u r nt and can neva be! U r only different! education in naija gives u fake friends…miss out on d real ones u left in d village bcos ‘u r now educated’. wen a nigerian says ‘ i had no shoes’ pls ask him ‘how many do you av now? ‘ bcos now he tinks u r a fool bcos u dont av money…but he is a bigger fool 4 tinking he is beta than you! we cannot shelter d homeless in naija but if 200 ‘foreign investors’ come naija dem go get d best shelter! y? we tink d r beta than us? dem no like us no! dem come pollute dis place n mk money. U no get “bb’ u be ‘mugu’ y? bcos we fake! der r empty buildings in V.I waiting for d rite price. y? ‘our pple’ dont deserve to live in V.I? y? We av probelms bcos everybody tink de r beta dan d next person. we cant treat ourselves right! is it d after effects of ‘kolonization’? in Britain de r inventing ‘water purifier’ dt de will sell to us! n we didnt tink of dat …y? bcos ur Gov survive ‘bad water’ and now he is drinking ‘eva’ he is beta dan his village pple. but he will always be a black monkey even if he bleach. Americans tink we r ‘still sick’ in d head. ‘how come we have eko hotel and Ajegunle in one state? who manages eko hotel by d way? if u knew then u just might know how i feel…. all of wan speak english? who no fit speak na ‘mumu’ even we wen go sch still de mk mistake but we no go gree let pple be. why cant we just enjoy ‘pidgin’ even our naija pple abroad ‘real’ pass us…tink abt it!

    • Re:eni October 23, 2012 at 1:06 am

      Right on point. However,iIf you wrote this in a way that was easier to read, then you can even make your point to many more people. If you are writing pidgin, then stick to that, but all your “tink” and “wen”, “mks”… just buries the substance of your message in your writing style and you fail to communicate with anyone who is not patient enough to break this down. Capitalize when you have to, put your apostrophes in the right places, as you say, you’ve paid for your education, you should not shortchange yourself by not “packaging” yourself as you deserve.

  • Ify October 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Signed, thank you Ofili for taking action

  • Tiki October 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I cannot find it in my heart to be sorry for a thief who meets with mob justice, but I know that no matter how swiftly mob justice can provide retribution, the loss of even one innocent life cannot be condoned. I have signed the petition.

    • Nnamdi Nnake October 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

      I understand how you feel Tiki, but that is a mentality we must shed. The rule of law must prevail. Where there is no law, barbarism will prevail and the innocent will suffer. We must protect ourselves by stopping mob justice. Thank you for signing.

  • Ify O. October 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Signed. We need to keep taking small steps like this (in all areas) in order to ensure progress..

  • as-e-bi October 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    weda u call it ‘mobjustice’ or killing…de took d lives of pple unjustly. dis is a crime covered by d criminal code dt says ‘dont kill’. y r we signing dis petition anyway? our problem is far bigger than lack of laws! Lagos did nt even pass law b4 de started arresting ‘okada men’. Now imagine if dem boda to pass d law n neva arrested anybody. it wud mean dt der is no law! lets tink out of d box to solve dis!if we continue to look at d law; we will always be tinking of wat should happen after and nt b4… d question we must all ask is why did d police not do anytin? until we answer dt…de will be no solution.

  • Myne Whitman October 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Great initiative, Ofili. Signed

  • nita October 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Really? U cannot pity a tiff dt meets mob justice? Have u eva heard dt a Gov dt stole billions was mobbed? Y do we mob d one dt steaals 1000 naira. U be Olodo sha…bcos if we mob a guilty tiff we will mob a real tiff! Bcos nobody gives him d chance! In Lagos some yrs back de almost killed an innocent soul in d market. Put tire on his head n burn him to death and his only crime was dt bcos of his shirt he looked like d criminal de had been chasing! Y do we go to sch n still kip our brain in d jungle? Dana airline best domestic carrier w/o report of d crash! Dis naija can mk u laugh bcos we can afford to be shameless…

  • nita October 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    *i meant innocent tiff* correction

  • Ngbede Egwa October 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Two quotes by Martin luther King Jr comes to mind here – “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Also the realization that peace in not the abscence of war in a society but the presence of JUSTICE! For these reasons and more, I choose to speak out in support of JUSTICE FOR ALUU4 and against Injustice anywhere in Nigeria!!! The least we can do is to Speak out!!!!

  • lazioman October 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I think it’s high time a law be passed. We need more civility in this county.

    lazioman.blogspot.com

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