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Jungle Justice; the Angry Mob by Kimi Onana

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Hi guys!!!

A friend wrote an article which got me thinking about the Badoo case in Ikorodu and generally on the issue of jungle justice in Nigeria. Personally, I use to think the ‘victim’ deserved it, now, the mere idea of jungle justice infuriates me. I think jungle justice is no justice at all, no matter how deserving it may seem. I will post the article below for you guys to read and let us discuss. I will also love to know your thoughts on the issue of jungle justice and let us know if you have had any personal experience (like the writer) or witnessed any situation. Enjoy

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‘With rod and lash he is punished, stabbed and beaten with all manner of objects, to the delight of the angry mob. He cries in excruciating pain and anguish, with blood profusely gushing out from the entirety of his body he begs for his life, having suffered an unimaginable beating at the hand of the angry mob. Moments later, he is engulfed in flames amid cries for mercy as life is snuffed out of him. The mob departs happy, jubilant and satisfied’

The above narrative is the typical scenario of when jungle justice is being executed. I became the chief supporter and agitator of jungle justice. It was my crusade. I spread the word of hate and jungle justice to all found wanting.  And guess why? Something was stolen from me. Back in 2010, I so desired a new phone and been an undergraduate with a certain sum of pocket money pulling it off was going to be a herculean task, and yes it was. After depriving my self of so much I finally saved enough to buy my beloved phone. Exactly seven days after, still crystal clear! A Friday night, after playing with my dear phone, I slept off, but then as the holy writ rightly said, while the man was asleep the enemy came and sow thorns in his field. That night my phone was stolen via the window while I was fast asleep. The pilferer must have said ‘see as the mumu open mouth ooo’.

It was painfully gut wrenching! Just 7 days. There was so much hate in me. I was always happy whenever I read about the mob judgement on any alleged pilferer, it brought me solace. But then it was soon to change. As a Manchester United fan I was on my way to the viewing centre to watch Utd play, not far off the viewing centre  I saw a crowd and in it was Kabiru my neighbour and another boy, they were on the verge of fighting and yes in no time they were in the act. I rushed to separate them and my people na the last thing wey I remember o. I was beaten by the mob amidst shouts of ‘ole ole ole’ which means thief, it was just God that helped me escape. I got to my room. With the help of my neighbours I nursed my wounds and while I was at it I thought, what would have happened if I was not able to escape? Am sure the news of my death would be ‘angry mob kills suspected pilferer’ there and then I caught an epiphany. Jungle justice is never the way, as many innocent souls have been sent to Elysium untimely and in the most brutal fashion. It was God talking to me, and then came the confirmation in 2012, the sad end of four promising young men, the Allu 4 as we have come to know it, they didn’t live to tell their story. My mantra changed from killing the alleged pilferer once he is caught to we have a justice system report the alleged criminal and leave it to them.

Just like me some years ago, the people of Ikorodu of Lagos State have sworn vengeance and death, vendetta!!! Just like me. While they enjoyed their lives quietly, the Badoo gang came, stole, destroyed and killed their loved ones. They lost their joy, safety and happiness, in perpetual trepidation they lived, a pregnant woman was killed and her foetus removed, a 60-year-old woman was raped, her 10-year-old daughter was blinded, also a Celestial Church of Christ was attacked while a vigil was ongoing, an eight-year-old girl was abducted and the pastor’s head was busted open with mortar. The list goes on and on. Frustrated the once peaceful people of Ikorodu have taken laws into their hands and are on a lynching spree of anyone who looks or comes across to them as a member of the dreaded badoo gang. In that category was the unfortunate Chinedu Paul, a Nigerian MC and a Lapotech student who on the 1st of July 2017 was burnt alive after being mistaken as a Badoo member, he is gone and can’t tell his story. As in many cases like his, the mob rarely listens, no one cares all they want is see you burn. Should you be innocent, it will be a case of we are sorry and at most times no one is held culpable for these actions.

Some of you will say ‘I support jungle justice and I have my reasons’  oh yes your so-called reasons abound as to why citizens should resort to seeking justice by themselves, some say ‘justice takes long and this is Nigeria, after a few months you would see the same criminals walking scot-free’, others retort!!! ‘The police are corrupt’, my Igbo friend will say ‘nna the wheel of justice, odi very slow’ and some, ‘oh I see you have not been robbed before. If yes, you would feel no remorse and give us your blessings’.

But no matter how just or right your reasons may seem or how convincing they are to you. Jungle justice is no justice. I learnt the hard way, I was lucky enough to live and tell my story. Let the law take its course, we have institutions saddled with the responsibility of arresting, investigating, trying and sentencing alleged criminals. That is why we have the law and if we take the law into our hands and go breaking same, we are no better than savages.

Written by Kimi Onana, a lawyer.

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Habbie

Jungle justice is a very debatable topic. Everyone would have their say. Imagine your phone being stolen after you have tried so much and suffered to save for it, and you are lucky enough to catch the thief while trying to run away with it, it is wrong but the human in you at that particular moment wants him to be punished and would be in support if people around started beating him right there. But if you just happen to be a witness, a passerby you would have an unbiased judgement about it, that’s why I’m saying it’s a very debatable topic. But overall it is wrong. I don’t mind a thief being beaten, but to the point of death? No. God forbid.
I remember when my phone was stolen from leisure mall last year, and I was running around with some guys to see if I would find the guy because I could recognize the person that stole my phone (i offered him the phone to make a phone call and he took off with it). Imagine I found him. I would have been happy to see him being punished at that point in time. It is really wrong but I would have been happy. You see what I mean ?
Well God help us all and teach us how to live.
Nice topic tho👍🏻

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Damola

I think everyone has an episode like this and you really support the idea of the culprit being punished but not taking justice completely into their own hands. The Aluu 4 for instance, I remember me wishing and still do sometimes that the guys that carried out the jungle justice get caught and disciplined seriously but not to the point of death oo.

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Akintayo Mojirade

Like they say*if the foundation is bad no building no matter how beautiful can stand!If we had good governance where justice is served I think people wouldn’t take laws into their hands!but we live in a Nigeria/World where sinners are vindicated and victims vindicated!Thats strange!Most cases of Jungle justice have heard of were based on false reports but then innocent lives already lost! I mean it’s crazy out there!The only solution lies in the hands of the government no amount of sermon will stop the angry mob!except a seen conviction of justice! Nice one Darling,Consistency is the key!💋

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Damola

Thank you very much for the comment. In addition to the solution added, i also think people like me and you should get to the stage of being patient and not taking law into their own hands.

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wale joe

Jungle justice is just wrong but it’s sad we found ourselves in this mess, who to blame?the government? the community or other factors?

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Damola

lol..like the popular song ” if you ask me….na who I go ask” and yes one thing remains for sure…It’s sad.
Thank you.

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Dare A

I still have a clear picture of burnt bodies I almost ran into while crossing the road in my teenage years in my head. I didn’t know they had captured and burnt some thieves the night before in the middle of the road. I got off a bus and as soon as the bus moved, without looking at what was directly in front of me I proceeded to cross to the other side and there it was, right in front of me, two burnt black bodies, I ran back, walked down the road and crossed on the other side.
Did they deserve what they got? I don’t know.
Did I deserve that experience? No, cos I still cannot forget it.
So for the sake of the trauma this will cause the younger folks, they should stop it and let the broken justice system do what it can. I know someday Nigeria is going to get it right.

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Damola

Thank you very much for this. I never thought about jungle justice in that line ” trauma towards the young folks” thank you for sharing this. Have a great week.

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Nicky pablo

Say no to jungle justice no matter the crime committed…
The law enforcement are in a better position to take necessary actions!

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Damola

yes dear, we need to improve our justice system

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Abisola Green

Everybody one way or the other has been a victim of theft. No matter how insignificant what’s taken from you is, it’s still going to be painful. Typical Nigerians, we are angry and want to take justice in our hands because our country is one where justice isn’t fair. SAY NO TO JUNGLE JUSTICE. Let’s not take laws into our hands, it doesn’t make us different from the wrong doers. Where’s our president who promised us a better Nigeria??☹. That’s my own question.. ..

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Damola

thanks for your contribution dear, yes where is our president o

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Tolani

In my opinion, jungle justice is a no no…. I’m sure a lot of people will say the circumstances surrounding the situation matters but as far as I’m concerned taking the law into your own hands is just plain wrong. I know this country is not encouraging and i can remember my brand new phone stolen from me a couple of years ago and it is still a painful and unforgettable experience for me but even if the guy was caught I wouldn’t want anyone to beat him to the point of death….. A person’s life is sacred no matter who the person is and no matter what judgement you feel they deserve… Let the law fight for you. Jungle justice has to stop no matter the circumstance…. it is still not right!

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Damola

you have such a good heart dear and it because you are enlightened to know how precious everybody is. we are always so quick to judge but so slow to forgive

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Peju

Lovely article… It is really a debatable topic, a lot of people think it is the fastest and best way to get revenge and stop the evil doers from attacking again. I remember reading an article about a thief that was burnt and a guy came out and said that his own brother was killed by the thieves that operate in that area and the killing of the thief gave him and his family closure, they finally felt that the death of their brother had been avenged. So can blame them…. However we also have the issue of mistaken identity and this is really the saddest…..
Please let us say No to jungle justice.

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Damola

jungle justice is another indication of our failed system dear
no water? we build boreholes for ourselves
no power? we buy generators to generate electricity for ourselves
roads are bad? until we donate money ourselves to repair them, nothing is done
no security? we resort to jungle justice or stringent personal security measures
so i really can’t blame the poor family that just wanted justice for their dead son.

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Udozorh Chidiebere

Who can change damage of jungle justice in Nigeria?

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Damola

i really can’t say dear but i know improvement in our justice system will go a long way

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Azanor

Jungle Justice will be difficult to stop as long as we have a very corrupt & inefficient judiciary, & lousy police system. Believe me, it’s sure sad to see a confirmed murderer go free bcos of d lapse in d entire system.
For instance, how would we feel if Evans walks free tomorrow? Guess what, it’s tending towards that! Here is someone who has caused the death of a lot of ppl & sucked out hard earned Wealth from others…….
Our energy should be directed towards getting our institutions to work first b4 we wholesomely condemn that barbaric jungle Justice!

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Damola

you’ve said it all dear, and there are rumors that Evan has escaped, very sad and inefficient justice system

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Jhene

Jungle justice is unreasonable and barbaric in the real sense of things,but in Nigeria our security system is a failure,so people tend to take laws into their hands and exert what they deem fit as justice..I believe it stops when the security system takes a turn around and when they begin to do exactly what they are supposed to do..that is protect and serve the masses …this is a beautiful topic dear,keep it up.

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Damola

thanks for your support dear, great comment

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Oreoluwa Adekunle

Trust me Damola , I didn’t see this coming when I was arguing with my colleague at the office earlier today about jungle justice , I said if God punished us I mean instant judgement for all our sins I’m sure no one would be alive ,of course I’m not in support of unnecessary killings of innocent souls in ikorodu by the so called cult group baddo , But at the same time jungle justice hasn’t brought an end to the evil deeds so why are our people taking laws into their hands ,why not hand them over to higher authorities and see if the right step won’t be taken . This is my own opinion as we are all entitled to pur own opinion in life

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Damola

thanks for letting us know your opinion dear. what you said is very true because even after adam and eve sinned, God knew but still allowed them to be heard before passing his judgment. that is how it should be the right thing. nice comment dear

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Olayinka Abisoye

Whatever the case may be, Jungle justice is wrong.
Nice article Damola

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Damola

thanks Abisoye

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Adeola

Nice Article….inspiring and educating

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Damola

thanks Adeola, i’m happy you got something out of it

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Damicool Visuals

Wow… This is a really nice article
I look forward to your posts!
This is good work

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