A report has confirmed the killing of 11 persons including an Imam by an outlawed vigilante group known as 'Yan Sakai' in Mamade village, Gwadabawa local government area of Sokoto State. The Imam identified as Malam Aliyu was said to lead prayers at one of the daily mosque in Salame. He was killed alongside other victims who came to purchase food and other items at the Mamade weekly market. The assailant who stormed the market from Goronyo local government area accused their victims of aiding banditry. It was further revealed that children were among those killed by these evil men. Recall that lynching of bandits and those abetting banditry has been rampant in the Sokoto State recently.
Yan Sakai vigilante group before they were outlawed.
This act is barbaric and shouldn't be condoned by the authorities. It should be noted that Nigeria is bounded by laws that every citizen must respect. One of such laws prohibits jungle justice. If anyone is suspected to have committed any atrocity, he should be reported to the right authorities where the appropriate punishment would be meted on him. Anyone or group who engages in jungle justice is a criminal, as such, he should be prosecuted by the authorities.
Despite the havoc caused by bandits and their cohorts on innocent citizens, taking the law into our hands isn't the right thing to do, as it will only make the country lawless. Some of the victims who fell prey to lynching might be innocent as well.
The police and other law enforcement agencies should do everything possible to bring the perpetrators of this gruesome act to book.
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