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Let’s Talk About It: Jungle Justice in the 21st Century? The Story of Akinnifesi Olumide Olubunmi



dreamstime_l_12258847Just when we were beginning to think that the days of jungle justice were safely behind us, news of Akinnifesi Olumide Olubunmi‘s death from severe beating was a shocking jolt of the Nigerian reality.

The young man who was allegedly caught engaging in a homosexual act was beaten by a mob on the 17th of February, 2016, in Ondo State. He was later taken to the hospital but died the next day, as he had sustained internal injuries from the severe beating.

By not giving a chance to the formal justice system, the mob judged the young man, found him guilty and sentenced him to death. The mob thought nothing of taking another person’s life. They imagined they had a right to decide whether he lived or died.

Like it wasn’t bad enough that the young man was beaten mercilessly in broad daylight, people made unsavoury comments on his Facebook wall for his alleged gay act, even after his death. Someone on Facebook even went as far as writing: “End of gay! This will serve as a lesson to all the people that love to engage in bisexual, homosexual (acts) ….” on the dead man’s wall. Whatever happened to letting the dead rest?

Akinnifesi Olubunmi Olumide

There were unsavoury comments on Olumide’s Facebook wall

Jungle justice is a barbaric act, to say the least; it is sad that it still happens in this day and age – 21st century, Nigeria!

First, the mob did wrong by taking the law into their hands. If at all the young man had committed a crime, he should have been handed over to the police. Secondly, it could very easily have been a case of mistaken identity, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’ve seen that happen before. Besides, I think being caught in a gay act certainly doesn’t give anyone the right to take somebody else’s life…

… or does it?

Yesterday, wedding planner and author Funke Bucknor-Obruthe also weighed in on the subject and expressed her deep disappointment at the turn of events.

Watch her views below:

So let’s talk about it…why is jungle justice still happening? Or do we simply lose all sense of humanity when we hear the word ‘gay’?

Titilayo Olurin loves to write and jumps at every chance she gets to do so. She also enjoys photography and hopes to make a career of it someday. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter @titilayo_olurin


  1. Chu

    March 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I am unequivocally against homosexuality, but I am even more against jungle justice, I believe the law should be allowed to take course. No one has the right to take laws into their hands no matter how aggrieved they feel. Some thing might be inhumane to you but it gives no one the right to act in such a barbaric manner. Beating will not change these people, if your reason for hating them is cos you’re a christian then ask you self what would Jesus do? I believe in love, I do not believe you force your opinions down people’s throat, pray for them and let the Holy Ghost be the one to change them.
    That’s how I read today that a man was burnt just because of N10, and its not that he stole it, he and okada rider where arguing over the fare, N60 against N50 and before you say Jack Robinson he shouted ole, other okada riders came brought tyre and burnt the guy, not even knowing what his offence was. This country sometimes looks so lost and un-salvageable but I will keep praying that we will develop one day.

    • Caligula

      March 16, 2016 at 2:04 am

      I am so repulsed by this incident… Just disgusting and utterly shameful. May the soul of the departed rest in peace. To kill a person because of who they are is so devastating. I am SO ANGRY!!! May karma get the killers and naysayers back. How is it normal to just murder a whole human being simply for being gay??? And some people are cursing him even in death?… As in, I pray they all have sleepless nights from now on…..his bloods are on your hands!!!

      If I were gay and in Nigeria, I would walk around with a loaded gun to defend myself.

  2. Ese

    March 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    As in really..why are people like this? Btw,wasnt it two people that engaged in the act?? Why didn’t they beat the other guy? Is it because he is an honourable?? Smh

    • tunmi

      March 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Where class and gender meet is truly eye=opening. So…does this get tried or nah?

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect

      March 16, 2016 at 5:16 am

      This is pure evil??, how do these people sleep at night? I wonder how they are able to function mentally after taking someone’s life. It’s sad that being educated does no alter the contents of an evil heart.
      You’ll be surprised to know that a lot educated people agree with and even engage in such acts. I actually happened to have met one of such recently, a Nigerian .
      Strict laws needs to be passed in Nigeria concerning anyone who engages in jungle justice, they should be hung on a tree.????

  3. Truth

    March 15, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Why do we nitpick what religious doctrine we follow? Two adults having consensual sex does not affect you in anyway regardless of their gender.
    Will Jesus kill those people because he is against what they are doing? The inhumanity in this act is astronomical.
    If your religion is against homosexualism then make it between you, your family and your God. No one has the right to dictate how someone else should live their life.

  4. Green

    March 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Jungle Justice would be the order of the day were it not for the charade of civilization. It is without a doubt wrong, but our true, repressed nature is savage, carnal and animalistic and constantly seeks an outlet to unleash itself.

    • nene

      March 15, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      even the bible says man is wicked.

  5. nene

    March 15, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    jungle justice happens everywhere. i read a story of a man in the US who beat up a teenager (Raymond Frolander) who he believed was engaging in homosexual acts with his 11 year old son, the guy literally transformed his face. this man exerted such jungle justice alone on a small boy, imagine if he had other guys around, the boy might have been dead if not for his 11 year old son. Jungle Justice is unacceptable, but not everyone has a heart of gold, and some people can’t control their anger.

    • Mamacita

      March 16, 2016 at 9:25 am

      ” nene – big difference. The teenager (the young man the parent beat was 17 or 18) in question was sexually abusing a child! Don’t confuse issues please.

    • nene

      March 16, 2016 at 11:47 am

      nobody is sure he abused the child, as the child was the one who stopped his father from killing the boy. my main point is not about sexual abuse but to say that jungle justice happens everywhere. it is an individual matter.

  6. bruno

    March 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    this article would have made more sense if u talked about violence toward gay people cause thats the main issue at hand. the writer is straight washing this story. the writer is homophobic. u can tell.

    dear writer, u didnt want the mob to beat him instead u would have preferred it, if they handed him over to the police abi? for what exactly? what is his crime? for being gay? for being born different? why?

    pls don’t try to deviate from the fact that this man was killed because he was gay. many more people who are gay may face this fate. this is the main issue and topic not jungle justice.he was killed because he was gay, pls say it as it is.

    yes jungle justice is bad but the bigger issue at hand here is violence towards gays.

    • Cindy

      March 16, 2016 at 12:27 am

      See Bruno, I am totally against what they did to that guy but you can’t force the writer to believe being gay is normal. Christians believe it is a sin and you tagging us homophobic for it stands against our basic human right of religion too. As for me, until you are able to predict from birth whether a child will become gay or not, I refuse to accept the fact that you are born gay. So now can we focus on the article which is about jungle justice and not gay rights? Thanks.

    • Stephanie-feld

      March 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

      The same way

  7. bruno

    March 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    bellanaija shame on u. u didn’t even report this story but if toke or osas buys a new hand bag u will run and report about it. this is the first time I am hearing about this man or this story

    the second gay guy is on the run.

    “he is still on the run although his
    properties has being destroyed his house and
    family’s house has being burned down”

    can u imagine. they burnt someone’s house and family house down because the person was gay. this is just what the KKK use to do to black people. they burn ur house down cause u are black. cause ur skin colour is different from their’s what madness.
    just watch as the authorities will do nothing. this is a serious issue. pls dont try to water it down by writing an article about jungle justice. the main issue is oppression of gay people in nigeria. when os it going to stop. who gave u the right to burn someone’s house down or chase someone out pf their environment because they person has a different sexual orientation than urs.

    • Mrsbrown15

      March 15, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Well said Bruno. Nigeria’s and their stupid “holier than thou” attitude. They are there killing and burning meanwhile, grown old smelly men abusing young girls are left to walk free. Stupid people.

    • Mrsbrown15

      March 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm


  8. Blessed

    March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I am against homosexuality, but that doesn’t mean we should take laws into our hands! Why not report to the appropriate authorities and allow them investigate! I HATE JUNGLE JUSTICE! Cos most times is the innocent that is been judged!

  9. oyin

    March 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    his killers will know no peace IJN, Amen. Yea

  10. True Talk

    March 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Too bad, too bad. Why waste his life?

  11. Californiabawlar

    March 15, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Wow!! This is why I never speak against homosexuality…People always take things too far!! You know the way to corrupt politicians houses, you’re yet to lynch them.

    Kilode?! How does what someone does with their body affect you? O ga o! Why cut off the head to spite the nose? Even by law homosexuality is not punishable by death….these murderers need to be sentenced to death! No ways around it!

  12. hezekina pollutina

    March 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    To all the defenders of this act: You so-called straight people of Nigeria. And it will never be well in this country so long as there is inequality and injustice for gays, women, minorities, disabled, poor. The place continues to descend karmically every second and every minute. Anybody who is confident in themselves would never attack someone else. You can spout the Bible & Koran – alien doctrines – to defend your bs. A strike against my neighbor is a strike against myself. One day they will come for you too.

  13. pearl

    March 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Dis is so heartbreaking. Am totally against homosexuality, bt jungle justice is unfair. Nigerians are wicked nd selfish pple yet dey will blame deir leaders. Our leaders are not our problem, we are our problem. The desired change need to start from us individually if not dere’s no miracle dat will happen. May God hav mercy.

    • bruno

      March 16, 2016 at 12:04 am

      u are totally against homosexuality, the nigerian senate is totally against women having equal rights with men,
      the KKK are totally against black people having equal rights with white people.

      people like u who are against humans rights are the scum of the earth. and may thunder fire u and ur family.

  14. bisisexy

    March 16, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Nigerians u have no right to take any one ‘s life , u fake hero worshipers, I hate rape, incest and padoephiles, but once two pple agree to consexual sex , its deir biz, u fake church goers and pretenders, lethal husbands and wife , always looking for whom to suck,killing someone who didn’t attack u, face boko haram like dat and kill dem, Idiots keep spilling innocent blood dat cry out later,even God will regret creating u human blood suckers and punish u, do u know u killed some one ‘s broda and son?

  15. Marian

    March 16, 2016 at 2:22 am

    This can’t be about homosexuality alone. Saw a video 2 years ago and It still haunts me till today. I can’t get the image of the ten-year old boy that was killed in broad daylight by a mob of grown folks. They claimed he was trying to kidnap another kid. They interviewed him before stoning and burning him alive. He begged them and denied the claim. He told them he was homeless with his mom and siblings and just goes around begging for money to help out. He was only ten! He looked so innocent and in less than an hour they ended his life. I had nightmares for days . Jungle Justice is wrong! Saw another one that happened in Saudi Arabia, i couldn’t finish watching. After killing the poor girl in broad daylight, they found out she was innocent of the crime the next day.

    People are not being held accountable. If they start prosecuting the people that participate in jungle justice for murder a lot of people will think twice before taking justice into their hands.

    Indirectly the government/police are endorsing jungle justice by not arresting and prosecuting the people involved.

    As a Bible believing Christian, I believe homosexuality is a sin. Sin is Sin! No one sin is greater than the other. If homosexuals are jailed for their sin then they should start creating a space in the law book for fornicators, adulterers, liars, gossippers….

  16. Marian

    March 16, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Ignorance is a disease. The heart of man can be so wicked sometimes. They do realize they committed murder right? I’ve never read the Quran so I can’t speak on its content but the bible I read is against murder. The law of the land is against murder. The government has failed this young man if his killers are not brought to justice. Shouldn’t supporting murder be illegal? All these people writing rubbish and endorsing murder because the young man sinned differently than them should be prosecuted too.

  17. Noelaaa

    March 16, 2016 at 4:29 am

    There must be a law in place to condemn jungle justice to the extent that if it crosses anyone’s mind they would rather just hold the person there and wait for the police.
    For those saying that people are not addressi ng the way home sexual are treated in Nigeria please keep in mind IT IS NOT WITHIN OUR CULTURE. We never grew up acceptin it, it’s not a norm and the religious families we were in did not accept homosexuality. Now that yes some have decided to become homosexual the issue must not be forced down other people’s throats. Society around us is evolving its not for homosexuals to snap there fingers and get accepted. Nigeria needs time for this change. Don’t push change will gradually come. We are still struggling with marrying people from a tribe different than your own and talk of being freely homosexual!

  18. LE COCO

    March 16, 2016 at 6:58 am

    that is even what is so annoying.. Nigerians and their constant butt licking.. its classism of the highest order…. all the politicians that have stolen food out of our mouths, money out of our pockets, money that we work for, are all yet to be lynched.. every year the swiss government shocks us with more of OUR wealth being returned by one greedy family, yet i dont see anyone marching to Abacha’s family home.. lynching his children because YES they are still beneffiting from that money… these people are dining with the president and family,, yet we are all smiling and liking the instagram pics of these thieves and retweeting all their tweets..

    how many people went to lynch senator yerima? how many people lynched all the perverted senators that voted in favour of child marriage, of RAPING little girls, what has happened to sugarbelly’s rapist?
    these people continue to commit crimes that affect us and our entire generation, yet they haven’t been lynched.. but a young boy who ALLEGEDLY is a homosexual, a crime which doesn’t affect anyone, but the persons involved, yet we are quick to hold up our sticks and bring our jerrycan full of kerosene.

    yet we are quick to join the west , in their war against injustice, folding our arms, scowling, snapping our fingers ” hian God for , these american police killing black people upandan.. tufia”.. we are quick to tweet and retweet “black lives matter” quick to change our profile pictures to the france flag colours… But we stay oblivious to the injustices happening around us….


  19. laila

    March 16, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Hey Bruno and others criticizing the writer, the article is about JUNGLE JUSTICE and not gay rights so please stop spewing your hateful opinions on this writer. Homosexuality is unacceptable to us as Africans and as Christians/Muslims. It just can’t be explained.

  20. Cookie

    March 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Wow, take someone’s life based on their sexuality. Can’t Nigerians learn from the case of the Aluu4 boys? Even if he was caught in the act why not hand him over to the police alive and how come the other participant escaped. Not right at all

  21. Idomagirl

    March 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Sick country.

  22. ade Adeniran

    March 27, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Woke up a few weeks ago in the dead of the night, picked up my phone, went to Facebook and a video popped up at me, alas twas about two thieves caught and were set on fire, two weeks down, I still have nightmares from that “watch”. I felt so bad at the inhuman act….but I do we do? Mhnn…jungle justices, it could be that the guy was even innocent but come to think of it, if the masses are sure of justice from the judiciary, maybe it will end the menace of JJ

  23. olorunfemi jones

    June 17, 2016 at 4:01 am

    This is a fabricated lies . I lives in Ondo and nothing of such happen here WE don’t know where you get all your fake story. remove the story please

    • B

      December 21, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Olorunfemi Jones you just came here to be stupid.

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