Oyo Armed Robbers Set Ablaze - Is Jungle Justice The Right Way To Deal With Criminals?
July. 30, 2020
The question of jungle justice is one that has featured predominantly in several Nigerian communities as every now and then residents still decide to take the law into their own hands.
Source: Drumbeat News
The same happened in Okeho, Kajola local government area of Oyo state where seven armed robbers stormed a First Bank branch with the intention to cart away money. They, however, met their end in the hands of brave locals who stood up to defend the community.
According to on-scene witness reports, the armed robbers came in a blue Toyota Corolla with number plate LSR 257 FF.
They arrived at the bank around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, July 29, and gained entrance using dynamites and AK-47 riffles shots to blow the bank security door. They then killed a police officer manning the gate while eating.
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But while the dastardly operation was in progress, local hunters mounted presence at different strategic places around the bank.
Four of the thieves, while perfecting their escape, were killed by the local hunters and vigilante group when their blue Toyota Corolla had an accident. They were thereafter set ablaze by the angry mob present at the scene of the accident.
The local hunters, vigilantes and police tactical teams including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mobile Police Force (PMF 72) and Police personnel from Okeho area command and nearby divisions began to trail the three other fleeing robbers who took to different directions towards Ilero axis of Kajola LGA.
However, it still remains questionable if the medium of jungle justice was the best thing to do to the criminals. While, they couldn't have escaped death from the hunters who sought to defend their community, setting them ablaze afterwards may have been a step too far.
Source: Connect Nigeria
In every situation, the principle of humanity should still be given credence. This is especially important as Nigeria has a track record of brutal jungle justice lynchings.
In April last year, Sahara Reporters writer, Peter Claver Oparah, compiled a report in the rising cases of jungle justice and the justice system in Nigeria.
He wrote: "As I said earlier, even with the palpable justification people give for mob action, it cuttingly is not the best way to foreclose criminal or other cases. Even as justified and angry as the mob may be, it doesn’t offer justiciable solution to an issue."
Source: Guardian Nigeria
"The mob is ruled by the anger of the moment. The mob is irrational and as long as it operates on the wavelength of its present anger, it would refuse to be reasonable until its anger is fully given satiation."
Do you think every criminal case a community discovered should be seen off via jungle justice?