Sunday, 11 August 2013

Don't Walk Away

Jungle justice in Nigeria is a situation that needs to be addressed urgently. Almost on a daily basis, there are cases of killing and abuse of alleged thieves or criminals. In a more recent occurrence, four students of the University of Port Harcourt were stripped naked and beaten mercilessly by a mob after which they were burnt to death for allegedly stealing phones and laptops. The students' pleas fell on deaf ears.

It was gathered after further investigation that these boys were innocent and that the alarm raised was false. Four innocent lives were wasted that day for nothing. The mob had condemned them to death without even seeking the intervention of the police or prosecution by a law court.

Maybe the crowd that killed them were ignorant, or maybe not, it doesn't bring back the four innocent lives murdered in cold-blood. Imagine the emotional trauma this caused the family, friends, relatives and well-meaning Nigerians! This is one  amongst the numerous cases of jungle-justice that happen and go unnoticed in the country.

Just recently, the discovery of a harrowing video of a twelve year old boy called Samuel being lynched has led to a group of Nigerians launching a new online campaign aimed at all Nigerians called "Don't Walk Away". A campaign against "Mob Justice".
Samuel was accused of trying to kidnap a school child with N50. Watch as he was kicked by the mob, beaten with clubs and then burnt to

The way out of this "MESS" is to build a movement to enlighten Nigerians on the right procedure of bringing an alleged criminal to book instead of taking laws into their hands. It also aims at bringing awareness to Nigerians on the negative effect of jungle justice on the image of this country. By doing this we hope to completely curb this gory occurrences and bring back a sense of self security to the country. This includes celebrities, notable human rights activists, and the Nigerian Police Force.....

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