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The very sad Jungle Justice in Aluu

10 October 2012, 11:47

I listened with horror and disgust as I was told the story of the four boys lynched and killed by an angry mob in Aluu, Rivers state.

Is this what our nation has become? Don’t get me wrong, this is not the first time alleged criminals have been beaten up and burned; but this is the first time people watched, photographed and videoed like it was a scene from a movie shoot.

These young men may have been thieves, but they did not deserve to die the way they did and more so, the mob took matters into their own hands. Jungle justice is not the way to go and somehow, the entire world watched this video as the four ‘thieves’ were stripped naked, beaten to death and then burnt. If you were a foreigner, what taste would the video leave in your mouth? What would you think of the people who perpetrated the act? And we were ‘crying’ when Rick Ross shot a video portraying Nigeria in a kind of light?

I think there is a reason Policemen were formed or hired…. Their job is to carry out proper investigations and properly punish the perpetrators; sadly, that is not what we get in this country. Who is to say the Police was not aware of the brutality by the mob before these men were killed? Isn’t it right that someone amongst the excited camera and video men/women having the time of their lives could have called the police? Well, maybe they did…. I guess am just so infuriated by the dastard act.

I have watched several videos on TV where policemen parade suspects and what they stole or almost stole was placed beside and around them; in this case, I didn’t see any of the items they supposedly tried to steal or did anyone?

I didn’t have the stomach to watch the video but the images I saw brought tears to my eyes.

This is a nation where people open our hands and forcefully snatch our rights, but because they have billions of naira backing them, we simply grumble and rant while they smile to the bank with their disturbingly huge stomachs and agbada or in the case of Farcrook, miniature nature.

We should not in our annoyance at crimes turn to bigger perpetrators. Yes! No matter how you look at it, everyone present during the killing of these boys partook in it. I may be insulted or criticized for saying that but, that is my honest opinion.

Someone responded to me the other day when I voiced my disagreement with the punishment meted out to the boys; he said I would be singing a different tone had I been the victim of the crime or any crime for that matter. I told him that no matter the song that comes to my mouth, I would never croon ‘Kill, Kill, and Kill’. I am not God to decide to end someone else’s life at will.

It still hurts me and breaks my heart when I hear of senseless killings; be it that of a little baby abandoned by its mother, or a patient who died due to negligence or a group of boys who lost their lives to the anger of their fellow humans.

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