Police Caution Nigerians Against Engaging In Jungle Justice

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Ayuba Sanusi 

THE Nigeria Police Force has cautioned Nigerians against getting involved in the criminal act of taking the law into one’s hands otherwise known as jungle justice. 

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said in a statement that the act affects the effective administration of justice, which could be detrimental to the smooth dispensation of justice in recorded cases in the country. 

“It is pertinent to understand that the act of taking the law into one’s hands has often been described and referred to as jungle justice. The act has globally been condemned for many obvious reasons, particularly as a parasitic hindrance to strengthening the criminal justice system.”

To buttress his point, ACP Adejobi cited an incident which occurred on the 25th of March 2024 in Itire, Lagos. According to him, Police operatives attached to the Itire Divisional Police Headquarters of Lagos State on the said day received a report from a man who resides along Shonde Street, Itire, that a group of hoodlums were vandalizing his vehicle and he raised an alarm which led to the arrest of one of the vandals. 

The complainant, ACP Adejobi further pointed out, added that the vandal was handed over to one Agunbiade Adekunle ‘m’, the security guard of the street, who then resorted to killing and setting the vandal ablaze. The guard, ACP Adejobi stated, has, however, been arrested and will be charged in court for murder. 

“There are other similar cases recorded across the country that have been condemned and hindered the smooth investigation and prosecution of many cases. 

“The Nigeria Police Force, therefore, condemns and urges the public to shun jungle justice, mob actions, and other forms of extrajudicial killings as jungle justice is a criminal act and grave violation of human rights that threatens the fabric of a civilized society, perpetuating a cycle of violence, prejudice, and lawlessness. It undermines the authority of legitimate institutions and weakens the rule of law. 

“Jungle justice is a dangerous and regressive practice that has no place in a civilized society. Instead of promoting justice, it breeds violence, fear, and injustice. Communities must reject vigilantism and uphold the rule of law, ensuring that justice is served through fair and transparent legal processes. Only then can we truly uphold the principles of democracy, human rights, and equality for all”, ACP Adejobi admonishes. 

 

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