Jungle Justice has become an unfortunately all too common phenomenon in Nigeria and it needs to stop Individuals, suspected to have committed a crime, have been killed without being given the opportunity for a trial in a competent court.
The law we subscribe to says that an individual is innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. Apart from that, no individual has the right to mete out (capital) punishment on another individual for any crime whatsoever, even when he/she is caught red-handed.
Unfortunately, another sad story of lynching has been reported in the Ikeja Area of Lagos state.
Felix* who sent in the story said,
“Every Friday Morning, I shoot in a gym at Oliyide Street in Ikeja for a Cable TV Station, but as I arrived the venue this morning, I realized that the place was locked and occupants of houses in that street were seen in twos and threes analyzing what seems to be like an eye witness ordeal of a robbery incident.
According to eyewitnesses, the young man was caught after robbing people of their valuables, they were two, but the second robber escaped when he sensed his end was imminent. Instant justice was carried out on the other one after he was shot in the leg.
As at the time of writing this report, he’s still on the floor of Änike Apena Street, not too far from Customs Office in Ikeja.”
There are more photos of the incident but we can’t share them as they are too graphic.
It really is an unfortunate situation that in 2016 people feel the need to take the law into their own hands. Jungle justice needs to stop!