October 9, 2012
Lynching needs to stop now!
Nigerians have lost confidence in the judicial process and the Government has proved incapable of providing security for the average Nigerian. Resources for safety and security are either inadequate or routinely looted.
As a result, rumors and fear have become the new reality in Nigeria. Citizens are taking the law into their own hands. Lynching, the gruesome and extrajudicial killing of crime suspects by mobs, has reached epidemic proportions. One recent example involved the lynching last Friday of four students of the University of Port Harcourt at Aluu, a town in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. The students were accused of stealing phones and laptops from an off campus hostel.
In a disturbing sign of how profoundly devalued human life has become in Nigeria, many Nigerians hardly react these days with any measure of outrage in instances of wanton death and destruction. Many have even attempted to excuse the horrendous acts of extra-judicial murder as a necessary and welcome response to the incapacity or ineptitude of law enforcement agencies. But nothing justifies the unleashing of death on people without trial in a properly constituted law court.
We call on the Federal Government, security agencies, state governments, and such institutions as the Senate, the House of Representatives to urgently address the following issues:
- Make lynching a Federal crime, but also pass anti-lynching statutes in all States of the federation.
- Restore confidence in the judiciary by prosecuting participants in any mob action. The trial of those who mete out mob “justice” would serve as deterrence to others.
- Equip and train the police to do a better job of investigating crimes in general, and arresting as well as arraigning suspects who may have committed armed robbery, kidnapping, and murder. Once Nigerians realize that justice is being done, they will be less eager to resort to extra-judicial means of combating crime.
- The standards for recruitment and training of police officers should be significantly improved. The goal is to create a modernized police force that can respond immediately and with adequate preparation when citizens call to report crimes in progress.
- Register all vigilante groups and offer enlightenment training to such groups.
- Design and offer a sustained public education and enlightenment that discourages the crime of lynching.
Mob “justice” – which really is barbaric and by its nature unjust – has rarely been prosecuted in Nigeria. It is time its we began to prosecute it!
* Please show your support to bring justice to victims of mob justice by signing this petition.
Em, lynching (i.e. murder) is already a Federal crime.
Small point, but significant I think. Also, with all due respects, please consider editing the above for grammatical errors. It is the NVS Standpoint...
I think 'violent riots' and 'Reprisals' and all other forms of violent civilian mob justice(injustice), retaliation and ethnic barbarism, must be added to the petition to make it meaningful. It is time in Nigeria that when 2 or more people publicly commit a violent crime, it is no longer acceptable. Let's be proactive and not just reactionary. As as we speak, UniPort is preparing to carry out their own massacre of ALUU in what is usually so-called, by our media and bloggers, 'reprisal' attacks.
Re: Lynching Needs To Stop Now
I'd like to know if this NVS Standpoint covers public officers deep in corruption and causing Nigeria deaths by instalments. In my opinion, they're long overdo for lynching.
NVS is trying to martyr the four UniPort Criminals.
I am listening to the interview. Were they asked what the boys were doing there at 4am?
It is hard to know where this guy stands
One minute he is with Anwulika
Another minute he goes off gear
Shebi u told us on the UNIPORT thread all the atrocities of your youth
that you were capturing little kids selling groundnuts, steal their groundnuts and push them into the gutter after which you will waylay old women selling corn on Zaria road,eat their corn and tear race
Na wa for you
All that jaguda still dey you for bodi
One thing I can never be accused of is lack of clarity. That I am against something does not necessarily mean I will go with the crowd. I am against lynching and capital punishment and believe the village people of Aluu are victims of a brutal culture and country they did not sign up to belong. The kids are still criminals regardless of how they met their death, that fact should not be blurred.
While I was no angel growing up, I never participated in anything that could bring bodily harm to others.
Hmmm, it is a sad day...sad
Just watching a fellow woman and mother cry out in agony at the loss of her son is enough to rend one's heart apart.
I hope no one is taking my allegations seriously
You were an altar boy serving mass
I watched the video again. I shuddered. Brains spilling and people lying down...alive, like in bed. I can not describe the feeling. Being too hurt to feel pain, yet jumping again when burned. I tell u the video is very, very bad, even Boko watched it and they where aghast!
But yet, we must resist sensationalism and apply and seek justice with sound heads.