Mob incidents, which is commonly referred to as "jungle justice", is disturbingly increasing in our societies. Hoodlums and street urchins have taken it upon themselves to punish persons suspected of committing crimes - in most cases the victims are innocent.
[Photo Illustration of Mob / Credit: Vanguard]
Sadly, it seems those perpetrating the gruesome act of mobbing have become more brutal and emboldened as several reports have shown that they now attack security operatives.
I came across the disturbing report in Politics Nigeria concerning the brutal mobbing of a policeman by some aggrieved hoodlums at Airport Road, Lagos State.
According to the report, violence erupted in Ajao Estate as agents of Environmental and Offences Unit seized the vehicles of some commercial motorcyclists, locally referred to as "Okada" riders, for violating the law of the Lagos State environmental laws.
The seizure prompted hoodlums to vandalize the official Hilux truck used by the Lagos Environmental Taskforce agents. They also killed the policeman attached to the agents.
Picture of the Vandalized Hilux / Credit: Politics Nigeria
While reading the report, the intensity of anguish in my heart reached a crescendo as to how heartless and lawless the mobs are becoming.
Our memories are still smeared by the disgusting and graphic images of young boys burnt to death for unsubstantiated allegations of theft; it is still smeared by the razing of police stations and beating of security operatives to death during the EndSARS protest.
It is becoming a norm in our society and therefore needs to be treated as a matter of urgency by the government. One of the most effective ways to curb it is by establishing, implementing and enforcing strict laws that will serve as a deterrent to others from engaging in mob activities.
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Punishments such as long prison term with hard labour, or huge sum of money for damages to be paid to the family of the victims will go a long way in ending the menace.
What other strict laws do you think should be implemented in ending jungle justice?
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