Thursday, November 17, 2016

Why Lagos thief was beaten and burnt alive – Lawyer

Following the gory pictures and video that went viral yesterday, a legal practitioner has revealed alleged details of what led to the lynching of the young man in Lagos State over alleged theft.
Kingsley Ughe, General Counsel for Joint Action Aids, in a Facebook post titled, ‘A Thief and A Frenzied Mob Baying for Blood,’ said the victim was a member of a gang of notorious thieves and not a 7-year-old boy, as claimed by media reports.

He explained that the young man was lynched after his gang tried to dispossess a woman of her belongings, including an Infinix Note 2 phone, at Augustine Onwualu street, Orile Iganmu, Lagos last Saturday.
Find Ughe’s account below:
The true account of the young man lynched and summarily burnt to death at Orile Iganmu last Saturday speaks of the uncertainty and brevity of human life in Nigeria. It was Saturday, the 11th day of November 2016. The venue of this macabre killing orgy was at Augustine Onwualu Street, Orile Iganmu, Lagos.
A woman, (name withheld) was walking along the ever busy road of Augustine Onwualu street, Orile Iganmu. She had an Infinix Hotnote 2 handset with which she was making telephone calls in high pitched voice, frantically gesticulating in the process. Close by, on the same street were a gang of 4 notorious thieves, well known in the area for their dare devilry and viciousness. They were there, waiting, prowling and surveying the entire scenery for a vulnerable victim to rob and dispossessed of their valuables as they often do in the past. And successfully too.
“The woman approached. Still talking on the phone and gesticulating with her free arm. She was immediately spotted by the very perceptive eyes of this criminal gang. A brief conference amongst them, she was adjudged a soft target. There was no need for further plans or careful surveillance. After all they had done this successfully in the past. More so, their sheer ferocity makes them a sort of feared mobster in the local vicinity. But it turned out to be a miscalculation. And costly one at that!
“They approached and circled the woman who was oblivious of her surrounding and the imminent attack on her person. The robbery attack was swift and very decisive. She was held from behind by two members of the gang. One of them deftly pruned her hand bag off her shoulder and the same time attempted to retrieved the telephone with which she was making calls from her other arm. The last of the gang stood guard, providing cover for the others.
“They had during their planning stage misjudged the desperation of a Nigerian woman about to be dispossessed. The victim reacted swiftly. She let the hand free and held on tenaciously to her phone. A struggle ensued. The victim plaintively cried out for help. A motley crowd gathered. The other members of the gang, appropriately appraising the situation fled the scene. The fourth member was not so lucky. He continued to engage in an internecine struggle with victim for the phone. In desperation, he brought out a dagger, and cold blooded stabbed the woman repeatedly in the chest, stomach and shoulder. There is a proverb, when a strong animal flirts too much with the trap, he makes his meat available for children to share with teeth.
“The gathered crowd became enraged and promptly apprehended the abandoned thief. He was beaten to stupor, Tied up and set ablaze while the maddening crowd continued to bay for his blood.
“Joint Action Aid was alerted on Monday when video clips of the dastardly murder went viral on social media. We reported the yet another resort to “jungle justice” to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos state. The video clips were carefully analysed and some arrest made. The six people arrested through our efforts denied criminal culpability and brought fast talking lawyers.
“More frustrating, the charred remains of the alleged thief had been removed. The area council and Orile Iganmu police claimed ignorance of the whereabouts of the corpse. Thus we have a dead zone situation. No dead body, no witnesses and then, most understandably, an unwilling complainant still battling for survival from the grievous multiple stabbing at the hospital. We returned back to the office, again defeated. Frustrated. And defeated.The rule of law is vanquished again. The rule of the jungle continues to win triumphantly.
Kingsley Ughe ,a legal practitioner and General Counsel of the Joint Action Aids, can be reached via k.ughe@aol.com

12 comments:

  1. If you look kindly the toes of the young man they don't resemble that of a seven years old child.

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    1. I thought so too. The toes looked adult while the face belonged to a pre-teen boy. I didn't know he stabbed a woman multiple times. This is a gory death. I leave it to the philosophers whether this is instant karma, or vigilante justice levied on a misguided youth betrayed by poverty and bad company.

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  2. Even if he was 100 years old did he deserved to be lynched?

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  3. Ibrahim honestly I'm not happy about what happened to him but to the extent of stabbing the woman yes he deserves it 100x. He was ever ready to kill for a common cellphone..... Work hard and achieve your desires.

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  4. So no second chances, you are a saint?

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  5. This is as its a crime levied by unsound group if persons gathered in that area, iam asking my self and every one whether the nigerian justice would impose responsibilities and sanctions to those people who levied this usticious event

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  6. the is no second chance for a thief who is willing to kill cos if you let him go he will came back for you and your entire family

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  7. I DISAGREE WITH MOST PEOPLE HERE, IF WE HAD A GOOD SYSTEM, MOST CRIMES WOULDNT GO UNPUNISHED AND PEOPLE WONT DIE UNJUSTLY, WE WILL ALL BE JUDGED EQUALLY, MY POINT IS THAT YOUNG SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEALT PROPERLY BY THE LAW, BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE LAW BUT NO ORDER, THE SYSTEM IS WRINKLED AND NO EFFORT IS MADE TOWARDS IT, NO MAN HAS THE RIGHT TO KILL ANY MAN UNLESS DUELY FOLLOWED BY THE LAW. MOREOVER IF WE HAVE A GOOD SYSTEM, SUCH YOUNG MAN OR CHILD WHEREVER THEY ARE SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO REFORM IN WELL ESTABLISHED INSTITUTION SUCH AS THE PRISON OR JUVENILE HOLDINGS OR ANY OTHER DEEMED FIT FOR WHATEVER CRIMES AND AGE OF PERSONS, AND IF DEATH SHOULD BE BE THE JUDGEMENT IT SHOULD BE ACCORDINGLY AND NOT THAT OF MOB KILLINGS BECAUSE SOME OF THESE YOUNG MEN AND CHILDREN WERE ALREADY PICKED UP BY NOTORIOUS MEN AND THEIR ORIENTATION TUNED TO TERRORISM, ITS A CYCLE CAUSE THE NEWLY ORIENTATED ONES WILL DEFINITELY PICK UP NEXT SET OF VICTIMS AND ORIENTATE THEM. JUNGLE JUSTICE IS NO JUSTICE AT ALL BUT AN EXCUSE FOR MURDER, AN EXCUSE TO EXCERCISE THE BEASTLY ANIMAL IN PEOPLE....

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  8. I DISAGREE WITH MOST PEOPLE HERE, IF WE HAD A GOOD SYSTEM, MOST CRIMES WOULDNT GO UNPUNISHED AND PEOPLE WONT DIE UNJUSTLY, WE WILL ALL BE JUDGED EQUALLY, MY POINT IS THAT YOUNG SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEALT PROPERLY BY THE LAW, BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE LAW BUT NO ORDER, THE SYSTEM IS WRINKLED AND NO EFFORT IS MADE TOWARDS IT, NO MAN HAS THE RIGHT TO KILL ANY MAN UNLESS DUELY FOLLOWED BY THE LAW. MOREOVER IF WE HAVE A GOOD SYSTEM, SUCH YOUNG MAN OR CHILD WHEREVER THEY ARE SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO REFORM IN WELL ESTABLISHED INSTITUTION SUCH AS THE PRISON OR JUVENILE HOLDINGS OR ANY OTHER DEEMED FIT FOR WHATEVER CRIMES AND AGE OF PERSONS, AND IF DEATH SHOULD BE BE THE JUDGEMENT IT SHOULD BE ACCORDINGLY AND NOT THAT OF MOB KILLINGS BECAUSE SOME OF THESE YOUNG MEN AND CHILDREN WERE ALREADY PICKED UP BY NOTORIOUS MEN AND THEIR ORIENTATION TUNED TO TERRORISM, ITS A CYCLE CAUSE THE NEWLY ORIENTATED ONES WILL DEFINITELY PICK UP NEXT SET OF VICTIMS AND ORIENTATE THEM. JUNGLE JUSTICE IS NO JUSTICE AT ALL BUT AN EXCUSE FOR MURDER, AN EXCUSE TO EXCERCISE THE BEASTLY ANIMAL IN PEOPLE....

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  9. The boy committed a crime and people that killed the boy also committed crime. They are all criminal.

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