Akwa Ibom State House Of Assembly Passes Resolution Against Jungle Justice

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The House of Assembly on Thursday, September 23, passed a Resolution against the increasing rate of jungle justice in Akwa Ibom state.

This follows a Motion presented by Hon Asuquo Nana, member representing Ikono State Constituency.

The Motion entitled “Rising Cases of Jungle Justice in Akwa Ibom State: Urgent Need End the Menace,” attracted the acceptability of all members.

The motion which described jungle justice as a form of arbitrary extra judicial killing where an alledged criminal is humiliated, beaten or summarily killed by a crowd, noted the practice has been on the increase in the state in recent years.

He recalled the case along Olusegun Obasanjo Way by Nsentip Street in Uyo, where a young man was accused of stealing a mobile and was lynched immediately to untimely death.

He also mentioned the incidence at Urua Okpokpo in Ikot Oku Ikono, where a nursing mother was killed by an irate crowd for allegedly stealing another woman’s money, among other incidences.

The motion seeks blame jungle justice on the inability of law enforcement agencies to deliver truthful service to meet the yearnings of the people.

The House therefore resolved as follows:

It urged the and other security agencies to investigate incidences of jungle justice in Akwa Ibom State, most especially the at Okpokpo market in Ikot Oku Ikono with a view to arresting and bringing the perpetrators to book.

It urged the Ministry of Information and Strategy, as well as the Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission (EARCOM) to sensitize the minds of the to shun violence and jungle justice.

The House also implored security and relevant agencies of to keep watch and ensure jungle justice is eliminated totally by ensuring that they do their jobs without fear or favour.