Following series of cases of jungle justice across Nigeria, the Senate has resorted to pass an anti-jungle justice bill to end the deadly trend.
Last week, a 7-year old boy was killed by mobs at Orile in Lagos state, for allegedly stealing Garri. Although the police tried to dismiss the case, with the claims that such incident never happened, residents of the area, who shared the pictures of the ordeal, confirmed it happened.
Few days before that a young man and father of three was beaten to stupor for hijacking a pot of meal from the fire.
The most wide-spread case of jungle justice was that of four friends and undergraduate at the University of Portharcourt, who were mobbed in 2012 by some people in Aluu community in Choba, Rivers State.
In July, a mob in Kano state killed Juliet Agbame, a 70yr old woman for alleged blasphemy. Another incidence happened in October when a man’s hand was chopped off for allegedly attempting to steal a flat screen TV at a football viewing centre in Uyo, Akwa state.
In a bid to avoid this in the future, Senator Gbenga Ashafa on Monday 21st November urged the upper legislative chamber to direct the police to ensure that all the perpetrators are caught and brought to book.
He also stated that the possible reason for the jungle justice could be that the people had been long deprived of justice clearly exposing the fault lines in Nigeria’s judiciary system.
He pressed further by calling on the Senate to end the ongoing trend in the country. The Senate after much deliberation called the Nigerian police to order, telling them to live up to the responsibility of protecting citizens.
However, the committee on judiciary and human rights were directed to immediately work on the Bill.
Jungle justice is the act of taking matters into one’s hands without observing the rule of law.