Nigeria Police speak on Jungle Justice incidents in Lagos

Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni
Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni

The Police in Lagos have warned residents of the state against subjecting suspected criminals to jungle justice.

Fatai Owoseni, the state police commissioner, in a statement on Friday warned that those found involved in the “unlawful and barbaric act” would be prosecuted.

“There is no justification for jungle justice on suspected persons,” Mr. Owoseni said.

“It is barbaric and uncivilized. It is a manifestation of the erosion of our moral values and a disregard to sanctity of human lives. It violates the rule of law and dents the image of the State.

“Above all, it is a violation of the law, and all those arrested in connection with the aforementioned cases will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

At least three acts of jungle justice were recorded across Lagos in the past one week, with angry residents threatening to attack security agents who attempted to stop them.

On Tuesday, two alleged kidnappers were set ablaze at Ajala Bus Stop, Ijaiye-Ojokoro along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, with some nearby buildings vandalized.

Two days later, armed police officers battled to stop a mob attempting to lynch an alleged kidnapper accused of disguising as a destitute at Ile-Zik, along the same expressway.

On Friday, another destitute who appeared to be mentally deranged was set ablaze by a mob on the allegation that he possessed a telephone.

“It is necessary to mention that in the course of the disdainful acts, vital evidence are destroyed,” said Mr. Owoseni.

“In addition, in the course of discharging its constitutional responsibilities and prevent the barbaric act, Police officers were fatally wounded, while stones were hurled at them as well as Police Patrol Vans. However, a number of arrests were made in this regard.

“The foregoing has made it imperative that the general public be reminded of the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended which states thus:

‘It shall be the duty of every citizen to respect the dignity of other citizens and the rights and legitimate interests of others and live in unity and harmony and in the spirit of common brotherhood.’

‘No person shall be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment.'”

The police chief urged members of the public to report any suspicious happening in their areas to the Police and other security agencies.

“The public is assured of the renewed commitment of the Police and other security agencies to prompt response to such reports,” Mr. Owoseni said.

“The public is also assured of renewed synergy amongst the institutions saddled with criminal justice administration towards ensuring quick dispensation of justice.”


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  • Alhaji

    If your people are clean, there will be no jungle justice. Since 98% of police in Nigeria are corrupt, it will be difficult for you to discourage jungle justice. Dismissing police officers for corruption is not enough, they have to be prosecuted and sent to jail.

  • Kenechi Casmir

    Hahaha…where are the police where are reported cases of kidnapping, terrorism, murder, robbery and other social vices.

  • FEMI A USA

    There is rubbish out as comment. The criminals have rights while victims do not. Hmmmm, your police people are part of the criminal Enterprises that is they could not fight the criminals always run away. There will be no jungle justice if your squad are reliable with integrity. If jungle justice is bad, what would say about legal injections and firing squad? People can sleep well due to the acts because the criminal knows chance only one if your people are present. People at Ikorodu, Abeokuta-Express and others can sleep now rather than relying on you. Jungle justice is better because you carried out and forget it but yours is recycling them in the society by locking them up better (housing) and feeding. Where are you when these people are commiting all these crimes? Where are you when Evans on his trade and those collaborators? This act is not new to us because we being doing it since 60’s until your police are up to the job. Derelict on duty at best.