Since the gruesome murder of Deborah Samuel Yakubu, the rising spate of jungle justice in the country has taken an alarming dimension suggestive of imminent anarchy if not urgently addressed. No one seems to trust law enforcement agencies, most especially the police and the judiciary, for proper dispensation of justice. Moreover, carriers of jungle justice have no locus standi in law to dispense justice in the manner they have so appropriated. Besides the perceptible weakness in prosecution, the resurgence in jungle justice attests to the failure of civic education. To forestall future cases of jungle justice, residents’ associations and community development associations should be encouraged by their local government or on their own should set up law enforcement, enlightenment and security committees under the guidance of law enforcement officers to check the excesses of misguided elements who are prone to carry out jungle justice.
Source: The Guardian June 28, 2022 03:10 UTC