There have been so many cases of jungle justice in Nigeria, and the government has criticised the act on several occasions.
In today's article, we'll be looking at three times jungle justice was carried out in the northern part of Nigeria, and why it should never be encouraged.
1. Jungle justice in Jigawa state.
On 30th August 2021, an angry mob carried out jungle justice on suspected criminals who stole domestic animals at Yandamo Fulani settlement, in Sule-tankarkar local Government area of Jigawa State.
It was gathered that angry youths from Amanga village traced footprints of their animals to the house of one Alh Umaru Sale in Yandamo Fulani settlement.
On getting there, the angry youths engaged in jungle Justice by attacking three persons identified as Amadu Sale, Manu Babangida, and Babangida Umaru who they suspected to be the thieves of the animals.
The police were alerted and they quickly rushed to the area. The angry mob that attacked the men took off when the police approached, and the three men were rushed to Sule Tankarkar Primary Health for medical care, one of them reportedly died while receiving treatments.
2. Jungle justice in Kaduna
On 20th May 2019, an angry mob killed two men at the Kawo overhead bridge in Kaduna. It was gathered that a businessman simply identified as Alhaji Musa raised a false alarm that kidnappers were after him and it led to the deaths of two young men who were lynched by an angry mob.
Alhaji Musa was wanted by the police for jumping bail after he had been released when his friends, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim, and two others stood as his sureties and were asked to be reporting to the police.
However, after reporting two times, Alhaji Musa left Lagos to Kaduna state and his sureties were asked to provide him. They traced him to where he was hiding in Kawo area of Kaduna. On sighting them, he rushed into his car and zoomed off, and the men went after him.
When he got the very busy Kawo overheard bridge, Musa was said to have raised the alarm that his sureties were kidnappers who wanted to abduct him, so an angry mob immediately attacked them, killing their driver on the spot and setting their car ablaze. One other person reportedly died during the attack. illustrative Photo. Credit: Google
However, the men who stood as sureties for Musa managed to escape into a nearby filling station which the mob threatened to set ablaze, it took the quick intervention of the police to calm the situation.
Yakubu Sabo who was the spokesman of the Kaduna state police command at that time said the mob reacted to the false alarm raised by Alhaji Musa.
3. Jungle justice in Sokoto
On 18th September 2021, an angry mob attacked the divisional police headquarters in the Tamgaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State and burnt 13 suspected bandits to ashes.
It was gathered that the suspected bandits were among those who invaded the area on 17th September 2021, killing two persons. The following day, some youths alongside the police went after them and nabbed 13 bandits.
After the successful raid, the suspected bandits were taken to the police station. However, the angry youths asked the police to kill them in their presence and the police told them that due processes would be followed. However, the youths who were in a large number overpowered the policemen and killed the 13 suspected bandits.
The reason why jungle justice should never be encouraged is that it can lead to the deaths of innocent people. Just like in the case of Musa who raised a false alarm, many other people have been wrongly accused and killed through jungle justice.
We should learn to allow the police to do their jobs, no criminal will go unpunished so everyone should desist from jungle justice.
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