Lawmakers Ask Police To Tackle Cases Of Jungle Justice
Members of the House of Representatives has beckoned on the Nigeria Police Force to intensify investigations into rising cases of jungle justice and mob killings being witnessed nationwide.
This call by the lower chamber was as a result of a motion which was unanimously adopted by the house members today during sitting.
The motion which was sponsored by Rep. Ezekiel Adaji (Benue-PDP) noted that democratic rule speculates respect for the rule of law and as such everything must be done according to laid down rules and regulations.
According to Adaji, “democracy was also predicated on constitutionalism, order, justice and fairness.”
Speaking further, he noted that “the Nigerian law had adequate provisions that empowered law enforcement agencies to enforce and implement all laws.”
“The idea was to make the country orderly and to ensure the fundamental human rights of citizens as enshrined in the Constitution and other international laws were respected.”
He further said,”mob killings and jungle justice are the consequences of a failure of criminal justice, the failure of society to apply uniform and equal standards.”
Adaji who expresses his concern over how so many people have lost their lives as a result of extrajudicial killings pointed out that about 29 persons were killed via jungle justice between January and March as reported by Amnesty International.
He accuses the Police of not doing their job properly as he noted that they are guilty of terminating lives of suspects without prosecuting them.
He, however, recommended that anyone who violates any laid down rule in the country should be taken before a court of law.
The Speaker of the house, Yakubu Dogara ruled on the matter by ordering Committees on Police Affairs, Federal Judiciary and Justice to make sure that henceforth security agencies comply with the resolution of the house on the issue of jungle justice and mob killings.