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Mob justice in Nigeria

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In the past one week, there have been stories in the Gist Category of Pulse.ng that made the headlines and soon became viral for their traction and reach.

The first story that quickly became viral was that of an alleged seven-year-old boy who was burnt to death in a bizarre jungle justice for stealing.

Though there have been different versions of the story with many doubting its authenticity and the age of the victim, it has been established that such a cruel murder should be condemned in its entirety.

Following on the heel of the jungle justice story was that of a woman who was crushed to death by a trailer in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

According to reports, the woman was on top of a commercial motorcycle popularly called Okada and while the cyclist tried to maneuver past the trailer, her cloth got stuck in the tyre of the truck and she was dragged under it and crushed to death.

The gruesome murder of the suspected thief was once again on the front burner as we also took another look at the barbarity of Nigerians in meting out jungle justice to suspects instead of reporting such cases to the law enforcement authorities.

A few of such cases were looked at and in the end, the verdict was out that Nigerians who indulge in such acts are nothing but barbarians.

 

Rethink It With Ben also made the list with its expository on why the much-maligned Donald Trump won the recently concluded Presidential elections in the United States of America.

From the in-depth analysis, it was clear that Trump won because he was the choice of Americans, regardless of the hatred he exuded during the campaigns.

It was another tale of sorrow following the stabbing to death of a young Nigerian in Canada.

The deceased, a student and son of a Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor, was stabbed during a brawl at a bar by another African man suspected to be a Burundian.

1. "Jungle Justice: 7-yr-old boy allegedly burnt to death for stealing 'Garri' in Lagos (Graphic Photo)"

According to Information Nigeria, a seven-year-old boy has been burnt to death in the Badagry area of Lagos State for allegedly attempting to steal garri from a trader’s shop.

Though there have been conflicting reports especially concerning the age of the victim or what he actually stole, eyewitnesses say he was caught while trying to break into a shop where food stuff are sold in the early hours of Tuesday, November 15, 2015.

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The unfortunate Edo thief

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The suspect, it was gathered, was nabbed by some men in the area who descended on him and beat him to a pulp before hanging a tire on his neck and setting him on fire, despite pleas by many to hand him over to the police since he had not actually committed the crime.

This is not the first time suspects have been lynched to death in the most gruesome of manners with the crowd often not wanting to know what offense they committed before killing them.

Some of them have been found to be innocent only after they have been sent to their graves.

2. "Tragic End: Woman crushed to death by trailer in Ikorodu"

A middle-aged woman has been crushed to death in a tragic accident that occurred in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state.

Instablog9ja reports that eyewitness who claimed to have been at the scene of the accident at the time said her dress got stuck on the trailer and she was dragged underneath its tires.

The Okada she had been riding on was in the process of overtaking the trailer when the tragic accident occurred.

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Woman crushed to death in Ikorodu

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The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has continually warned about safety on the highway which would go a long way to reducing fatalities on a daily basis.

May her soul rest in peace.

3. "Jungle Justice: Let's not sugarcoat it, Nigerians are barbarians"

Nigerians have a double standard in dealing with poor people who commit crimes and rich people who commit crimes.

The story of a 7-year-old boy beaten and burnt to death in Lagos points out the fact that we are animals in this country.

Jungle justice and the mob mentality is still prevalent in this country and it is a sad thing. Yes, there is another version that claims the boy wasn't 7 years old, and he was trying to steal a phone and not garri. It was also said that he tried to kill one of his victims.

The murdered boy's crimes might have been longer than a West African warlord but that doesn't mean he deserved to die in such a barbaric manner.

Our society is barbaric, it kills the poor and praises the corrupt. Tyres and a keg of petrol are quick to surface when someone yells 'thief, thief!' in a neighbourhood. Within a few minutes, a crowd gathers and descends on the 'suspected' thief. His skull is cracked and his are broken before his almost lifeless body is tossed into the flames.

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This has happened so many times in Nigeria. It is very rare to find a Nigerian who has not seen the charred corpse of a suspected thief killed by a mob.

The famous example of this perverted form of justice is Aluu 4. Four young men, Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekena Elkanah were falsely accused of theft in Aluu, a village in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State in 2012. They were subsequently lynched to death.

4. "Rethink It With Ben: Why Trump won. The neglected story"

People around the world are still in shock over the win of Donald Trump, a serial woman abuser and “racist”, over Hillary Clinton in the just concluded US Presidential election.

How could this have happened? All the polls pointed to Hillary being victorious and pundits are still wondering how Trump snatched it?

But poll numbers show that Trump won 29% i.e. a third of Latino votes even after he repeatedly threatened to deport them and build a wall on the Mexican border.

You would also have expected American women, of all races, to unite behind Hillary against a man who has referred to them as dogs, pigs and even advised men to “grab them by the pussy”.

Yet only 34% of white women voted for Hillary while 62% voted for Trump. So clearly there’s something bigger than hate, misogyny, and racism at play here.

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Donald Trump

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Though lots of Trump supporters would love to hang a 'niggar', he won this election on the backs of neutrals who voted Republican. Why would they vote a man like Trump?

America might be the land of the free but it was founded on Christian values. In 2014, 280 million Americans or 70% Americans were Christians. These consists of African Americans, Latinos, and Whites.

According to the USA today 50% of America’s middle class who earn $100,000 and above voted for Trump.

Why? Frankly, because they were tired. "Mrs. Clinton comes from the establishment. It's the same old fashioned government. We don't need that anymore," Rolando Chumaceiro, a family doctor.

He admitted that Trump was vulgar towards women but still prefers him to Clinton.

The way I see it, Trump did not win, the Democrats lost. The people wanted a change and Hillary, a Democrat, simply does not reflect that change.

5. "Sad Ending: Son of RCCG pastor stabbed to death in Canada"

Solomon Odekunle, the son of a Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor, has been reported dead following stab wounds he sustained at a bar in Ottawa, Canada.

Odekunle, who gained admission to study Economics at the University of Ottawa in 2012 was stabbed during a brawl between Ndikuriyo and another person.

His sister,  Deborah, gave a heartfelt eulogy for her brother whom she apparently had a high regard for.

She wrote, “If I did know it would be your last, I would have given you more than a fist bump. I would have gotten down on my knees and give you the deepest bro-hug.

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Solomon Odekunle

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“If I did know it would be your last, I would have pleaded with the drama leader to allow the rehearsal to linger a little so you and Peter could make us giggle a little more with some frog jump.

If I did know it would be your last, I would have treasured those great words you shared with me a couple of months ago in the technical department, have them handwritten with the best calligraphic pens, framed and given to you right after doing those frog jumps."

"To the Solomon, I saw last week, to the Solomon that finally got his picture taken properly last week, to the Solomon with an intellectual smile and chubby cheeks, to the Solomon his friends described as kind-hearted and meek, see you next.”

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