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Jungle Justice: Man's inhumanity to man

09 October 2012, 09:56

The case of four UNIPORT students who for stealing phones and laptops were beaten to stupor before being burnt alive is not only shocking but leaves a bitter taste in one's mouth.

The students named Ugonna, Aladdin and Chidiaka were badly beaten and burnt alive by indigenes of Aluu community in Rivers State for allegedly stealing phones and laptops in an off campus hostel.

Let us not also forget that these young men were absolutely unarmed, so its really amazing that instead of calling the police to get them arrested, these people put tyres over their heads and burnt them alive. As if that was not enough, they took pictures, filmed it and made such a gory sight viral via the social media. Did they for once think about the fact that these guys are someone else's brothers,sons,cousins and relatives?

As it is, we are gradually losing our humanity in this country. Can't imagine the barbaric nature that will make a human being mete out this kind of treatment to another.  What moral justification would warrant such jungle justice? That I am bewildered about this issue will be an understatement. I must reiterate that this is totally insane and unacceptable

To be candid, it is a crime to steal but the punishment for such acts must be proportionate to the crime committed. Those that should be burnt are not these boys accused of stealing; instead let the communities rise up and burn those who misappropriate funds meant to provide good roads, portable water, health care facilities and schools so as to buy houses abroad, flashy cars and other things they don't need just to impress who they don't know. They can do all that if they really are bent on 'burnt offerings'

The most annoying part is that when they see politicians who have stolen much more, they bow down and even hail them just for the few coins they hope to get from them.

Its saddening that people don’t have that sense of responsibility toward their own fellow people neither will they respect the laws of the land but will complain that their government is not responsible.

I expect the Police to immediately sweep that primitive community and bring the culprits to justice for attempting such jungle justice.

Is there anyone of those perpetrators who can boldly say he/she is clean?  Among those that killed these young men, can anyone boast of being a saint?

Such a pity that a sledge hammer was used in killing an ant......Barbaric I must say!

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