Commissioner of Police for Anambra State, CP Aderemi Adeoye, sternly warned against the perilous trend of jungle justice during a press briefing today, declaring that the State Police Command would prosecute any individuals or groups engaged in such lawless acts. He emphasized that those involved in lynching crime suspects are as guilty as the suspects they condemn.
CP Adeoye described mobs resorting to jungle justice as more vicious than the alleged criminals they target, underscoring the gravity of taking the law into one’s hands. He highlighted a stark example, citing a scenario where someone convicted of stealing a phone might face three years in prison, whereas those engaging in extrajudicial killings commit murder, an offense punishable by death.
Expressing concern over recent incidents, the Commissioner urged aggrieved parties to seek justice through legal channels, emphasizing the importance of reporting grievances to the police and assuring them of the Command’s commitment to upholding law and order.
“Recourse to self-help will not be tolerated,” asserted CP Adeoye, affirming the Command’s dedication to maintaining public safety while urging citizens to trust the justice system and approach the police for redress in case of grievances.
Two suspects have already been apprehended in connection to recent incidents of jungle justice, marking the beginning of the police’s efforts to curtail this alarming trend.