Aftermath of the Uniport ‘Jungle Justice’; Must We Continue This Way?

I am yet to get over the shock; I cannot believe it all happened for real. I am lost in thought, consumed with empathy and will not get over this emotion within me anytime soon at least, not until the culprits are made to face the strong hammer of justice. What kind of society are we metamorphosizing into at the pass of each new day? Have we all in a hurry forgotten the primary duty of the Nigerian police force in our societies? Have we no reverence for the cause of the Law in our daily lives? What happened to the sacredness and sanctity of the human lives? When have mankind become too quick to causing injury and unleashing mayhem to his fellow man? If I continue to ask the questions, they may continue in torrents and rob me of rounding up this piece.
The mere look at the visual recording of how four young undergraduate students of the University of Portharcourt in Rivers state, in the south southern part of the country were lynched and brought to cruel judgment albeit without any admissible evidence by irate youths in a suburb of the Rivers state capital, forces one to ask if any one of us could survive if sequestered from the mercy of the almighty? Whatever may have been their offence, can there ever be enough justification for the treatment mated out to them by uncivilized and illiterate youths who know nothing about the criminal procedure in our statute books?
What happened to the trite rule that “an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind”? All the foregoing, they failed to advert their minds to, like uncircumcised humans and chose to swim in the barbaric pools of jungle justice which many decades ago have been expunged from our laws. And I ask, must we continue this way? When shall we begin to appreciate and respect the sanctity of the life of the next man? For how much longer, shall we continue to rob the men in uniforms the right to do their job in the manner most befitting and acceptable to the entirety of the citizenry and society at large?
I would at this juncture express the peculiarity of this sad scenario that took place two days ago, and its continuous occurrence in the southern and western part of the country. The case of armed robbers and other doers of social and civil crimes being brought to jungle justice either by being burnt to death or lynched to death is not something new in those part of the country. It has become something close to a tradition among the occupants and indigenes of those states. How many times have we flipped over the pages of the national dailies, only to set our gaze on photo shots depicting cases of trial by ordeal? It is even more disheartening when the law enforcement agents in these places over look the re-occurrences but are always quick to issue official reports condemning the situation but yet takes no reasonable proactive measure to stop its reoccurrence some other time. Certainly this is not a way to live and our society will never be better off if we continue on this note.
On the pages of the diverse social media, castigations and festival of curses have continued to be mounted to these unknown fellows and onlookers who stayed to watch, snap and video- tape an ugly scenario that brought the lives of Lloyd, tekana, ugonna and chidiaka to their early vault. Even though, they are yet to be apprehended, it is our fervent hope that justice catches up with them. Nevertheless, the issue of politicians and other highly placed governmental officials being victims of heinous crimes in the form of misappropriation of public funds to their own coffers and yet allowed to go almost scot free, should not be an object of analogy with the case of these students whose killers alleged they run a syndicate that specializes in robbing fellow students of their laptops and mobile phones. Crime and social anomalies by whatever name it is called should not ever be justified by any manner if the natural law still holds sway in this part of the world. What am I trying to say? That politicians loot our financial resources and are allowed to go unscathed doesn’t mean that the masses should go on a jamboree of crimes and justify their act by the spate of corruption and graft in high places. Everybody has got one or two questions to answer on the Day of Judgment, therefore, let’s run our diverse races without veering into our neighbors track. Let’s always call a spade a spade and not giving reasons why it shouldn’t be called so.
A lot has been said already about this ugly scenario that has robbed me of the pleasures of my weekend already and this piece may not be all that is needed to right this wrong, but I hope it effects a change within us.
The human rights declaration of 1947 and the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria has made it clear that “no man has the right to take another man’s life save in the execution of a court sentence” but to my greatest chagrin, the perpetrators of this oddity trampled on this law and chose to cluster the law to their own hands. The four so-called victims of this act may have transcended to another dimension and their families already in grief, but the boomerang will forever be on those that saw life and ambition sniffed out of these unlucky four-some bristling with life and swagger. Whatever may have been their offence, we do not want to know at this stage, because the end has not justified the means and never will it because everybody is a sinner and my religious book tells me that no sin is of a higher pedigree. A sinner is a sinner, the height of your sin notwithstanding.
Let this be a clarion call and a rise to duty to the government of Rivers state and the commissioner of police in the state, to do all that is within their power to bring whoever it is that saw, witnessed, necessitated, assisted either by commission or omission the ugly death of the victims of the irate mob. This madness of trial by ordeal in the south and western part of the country must stop and the time is now. The police, the government and the citizens must rise up in one voice to say enough is enough because from my little knowledge of the law everybody deserves a fair trial no matter how much evil they commit.
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4 Comments

  • i don’t support cultism or robbery yet if how they were murdered is very bad. If they were really cultist as they say and their brothers don’t rise for them, i wonder what their existence in the business is for.

    We have lots of thieves and occultic people in power, nothing of such has been done to them, just 4 young chaps are treated with such distaste and humiliation. Their death must be avenged.

  • I THINK ITS GREAT THEY DID WHAT THEY DID AND ILL TELL YOU WHY
    A) THOSE BOYS WERE RAPING THE GIRLS IN THAT VILLAGE THAT WENT TO UNIPORT AND THEY WERE STEALING CONSTANTLY
    B) THE POLICE WERE CONTACTED SO MANY TIMES AND WITH THE BRIBE IN THE COUNTRY THESE EVIL PEOPLE WERE LET GO
    C) THE VILLAGERS SET UP THEIR OWN SYSTEM THAT IF THOSE BOYS TRY TO RAPE AGAIN THEY WOULD DEAL WITH THEM
    D) THE BOYS CAME BACK AGAIN WITH THEIR WAHALA AND THEY WERE DEALT WITH PROPERLY…

    NOW IF THE NIGERIAN POLICE WEREN’T CORRUPT THEN MAYBE THIS WOULD OF BEEN A DIFFERENT SITUATION, BUT THE VILLAGERS AND PEOPLE IN ALUU HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO USE OLDEN DAY METHOD TO DEAL WITH THESE THUGS. BACK IN THE DAY IF YOU DARE RAPE SOMEONE’S DAUGHTER OR HARASS PEOPLE THEY WILL SET YOU ON FIRE WITH A TIRE, THIS IS THE METHOD THAT THEY USED BACK THEN AND IT IS GOOD THAT THEY BROUGHT IT BACK.

    THESE NEW YOUTH NIGERIANS DON’T REALIZE THAT THEIR IS A METHOD FOR DEALING WITH THEIR FOOLISHNESS. LET THEM CONTINUE THE OLDEN PEOPLE HAVEN’T DIED YET WE WILL DEAL WITH THEM.

  • Killertherapist, you are a devil yourself. Nobody have the right to take another’s live. Assuming any of those guys is your brother and possibly your child, you won’t be saying what you are saying. The Almighty God will avenge for them and I tell you that the village of ALUU will never never know peace even in their 10th generation to come. The cry of the whole world will remain on the people of Aluu and have become a curse on them forever.

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