On the 17 december, 2017, my friend and I were in his car looking for an ATM that is paying because of panic withdrawal for the festive season. We decided to follow through Halima junction, the road leading to Barnawa and High-cost; hoping the ATM there has cash.
At Halima junction, we met a large crowd of people. I quarried my friend to stop so I can find out what is happening. Behold, it was a petty thief. He stole a small tiger generator from a provision store. The area boys stripe him naked and beat the hell out of him, using sticks, Stone and anything they could lay their hands on. I moved through the crowd and saw the thief, he was almost lifeless.
I made effort to talk to the guys involved in lynching him. But I was warned to leave. I hurried to my friends car and pleaded with him that we should report the case to the police station in Sabo. Before we could revise the car towards Sabo. They were already buying fuel to burn him and dragging him across the road towards the Tipper garage close to the bridge.
My friend had to increase his speed until we got to the station. I ran into the station and reported the case. The police were prompt. Within a minute they mobilize and jump into their security van, blaring the sirens; they headed to the address we gave them.
We got to Halima in 15 minutes time and the police arrested the situation. In my life, I have never being impressed. I appreciated the police. Our leap of faith saved a man’s life and that night, I felt responsible as a Nigerian and pray the criminal will face the law and serve his punishment.
Here we are with another Jungle Justice carried out by stupid citizens that feel they have the right to cast the first stone. The boys in the disturbing picture below stole food items and they were burnt alive by humans.
Whatever the crime, there is no justification to jungle justice. If you like, say thieves don’t have mercy on people. We still don’t have the right. We are not in the island of
“The Lord’s of the flies” where we turn to savages for no just cause.
If citizens have this kind of frustration to vent out on teenage boys like this, burning them alive; have they thought of using this energy to confront the bigs thieves in Nigeria. One fainted during a meeting with a panel on misappropriation of NDDC fund amounting to 81.5 billion. Not even a single protest to seek for justice.
This stupid citizens will not use such energy to pressure their constituent head on what their constituency allocation is and the projects it’s being used for. Their frustration can’t hurt the super thieves and gangsters in government but they are always quick to swing into action against area thieves.
Here we are again, with a horrible scene of the killing of two boys alleged of stealing food items. Kai! Who do us? The crowd of people there, did they just stay to watch the tragic drama without making any efforts to report to the authorities or they were just there taking pictures of the sad event?
The Christians there will go to church tomorrow and pray and shout oh Lord. The Muslims there will go to mosque and pray to Allah. My question is, where is our humanity? It is our Civic responsibility as a people to report to the police if we can’t arrest such situations.
For the record, the people involved are not different from the bandits and herdsmen killing citizens. And incase there stupid sense don’t know, they have just committed murder and the two boys blood is on their hands.
Source: Culled from Pater Ekpe