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The Senate on Tuesday called on the Nigeria Police to probe into the recently reported mob action in the Orile area of Lagos State in which a young boy was burnt to death for alleged stealing.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly, which specifically asked the police to either confirm or reject the incident, decried that the recent increase in cases of lynching indicated that the people were losing confidence in the government.
The lawmakers, who took turns to condemn the killings, pointed out that the ruling elite had alienated those they governed. They also stated that the security agencies had failed in their responsibility of law enforcement.
The senators spoke on a motion titled ‘Condemning the Rising Cases of Jungle Justice in the Country,’ which was moved by the lawmaker representing Lagos-East Senatorial District, Senator Olugbenga Ashafa, and co-sponsored by the Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume.
Speaking on the motion, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna-Central) Shehu Sani, said it was quite unfortunate that mob justice was becoming a way of life in communities.
He said, “I can directly attribute it to the loss of confidence between the people, the government and the law enforcement agencies.
It has become a recurrent decimal that, each day, you see people being killed under the guise of politics, culture or religion.