Great uproar in Ikot Ambang community, Akwa Ibom State, as some angry mob sets two alleged thieves ablaze. The two suspected thieves were set ablaze in Akwa Ibom for allegedly stealing a tricycle.
The thieves were believed to have had a failed operation in the community on Tuesday 28th May, 2019 and they were made to pay with their lives by the angry mob.
The incident occurred at Ikot Ambang, Ibiono Ibom LGA, along Ikot Ekpene Aba-Road.
However, Section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution clearly provides that no citizen of the country shall be deprived of his or her life, except in a manner excused by law.
However, contrary to the dictates of the Constitution, what plays out in the contemporary Nigerian society is a preponderance of sad episodes of extra-judicial killings with the media being flooded with horrendous stories of people being killed in extrajudicial circumstances.
Incidents relating to jungle justice, no doubt, have been in the front burner of national discourse in recent times. While some have survived to tell their stories, others, unfortunately, have been lynched and burnt beyond recognition.
Extra-judicial killing is barbaric, wicked,crude and totally unacceptable in a democratic setting. Agreed that some of the victims of jungle justice may have committed a crime, however, such suspects should have been prosecuted in a court of law.
To settle for self-help under any guise is totally in conflict with our Constitution and global best practices. It is not within the jurisdiction of the public to constitute themselves into a court.