The occurrence and frequency of Jungle Justice in Nigeria have been a major source of concern for human rights organizations, state and non-state actors alike. It violates people's right to life and is a clear indication of lawlessness and disregard for the rule of law, both of which are all too common in Nigeria.
It is a violation of Section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution. Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be intentionally deprived of his life, except in execution of a court's sentence in respect of a criminal offence for which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.
According to Daily Post, Imo police confirmed the death on Monday of an escapee from the Imo Correctional Centre Owerri and a member of the state's proscribed IPOB/ESN group. The police spokesperson, CSP Michael Abattam, confirmed the incident to journalists in Owerri, Imo State.
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The incident occurred on Monday around 0745hrs, while residents of Umuagbavo Oru Ahiara in Imo State's Ahiazu Mbaise LGA were going about their daily business.
According to the port, the deceased, a native of Ahiara in Imo State's Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, came to the market with members of his gang, attacking and looting open shops, forcing people to lock up their shops, and preventing them from conducting legitimate business
Many stores were open and people were going about their lawful business when the group began yelling at the top of their lungs, "Today is Monday, and everyone must obey the sit-at-home order."
This did not sit well with the people who were vehemently opposed to it. An angry mob surrounded the gang's leader and tied his hands behind his back, while others fled the scene into hiding. Before the police patrol team arrived, he was mercilessly beaten to death.
The patrol team's efforts to apprehend the perpetrators were futile, according to the police, because they all fled the scene upon seeing the patrol team.
These traders' actions in Imo state is barbaric and condemnable. The best thing they could have done would have been to turn over the suspect to the police for proper investigation and prosecution. It is pointless for them to take the law into their own hands. Jungle justice is a law for the jungle and that should not be practised in a civilised society.
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