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Police warn against jungle justice

The Nigeria Police Force has issued a stern warning against the practice of jungle justice in the country, emphasizing its negative impact on the administration…

The Nigeria Police Force has issued a stern warning against the practice of jungle justice in the country, emphasizing its negative impact on the administration of justice and the rule of law.

Jungle justice, which involves individuals taking the law into their own hands, has been globally condemned for undermining the criminal justice system and perpetuating violence and lawlessness.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement yesterday, recalled a recent incident in Lagos State where a security guard, Agunbiade Adekunle, allegedly killed and set ablaze a vandal.

He said the guard had been arrested and would be charged in court for murder.

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Adejobi emphasized that such actions hinder the smooth investigation and prosecution of cases, ultimately undermining the rule of law.

He urged the public to refrain from mob actions, extrajudicial killings and other forms of vigilantism.

Adejobi emphasized that jungle justice is a criminal act and a grave violation of human rights, leading to a cycle of violence and weakening the authority of legitimate institutions.

He stressed the importance of upholding the rule of law, promoting fair and transparent legal processes, and rejecting vigilantism in favour of civilized and democratic principles.

He urged communities to work within the legal system to ensure justice is served and to avoid actions that breed fear, prejudice and injustice.

 

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