(VIDEO) Outrage As Nigerian Soldiers Torture & Make A Man Swim In Dirty Mud Water. There is widespread outrage as Nigerian Army Soldiers are caught on tape torturing a man and making him swim in very dirty mud water. Reports have it that the unidentified man was “punished by Nigerian Soldiers” for an unknown offence.
In the video, the alleged soldiers are heard saying “Oya put your head inside, enter well. If you no put your head, I go wipe you koboko”. Koboko is a local Nigerian slang for a torture weapon.
That no one has been arrested in connection with the incident sheds light on jungle justice in African countries in which citizens, unfortunately Nigerian Army soldiers in this case, take the laws in to their hands.
Jungle justice is rampant across sub-saharan Africa. Every day at least one person on the continent faces torture or even death at the hands of irate citizenry determined to be judge, jury and executioner.
Jungle justice is anything but just. It is a form of mob rule in which people take the law into their own hands and punish alleged offenders for perceived heinous crimes. Jungle justice is also referred to as mob or street justice and can lead to extra-judicial killing.
The victims are deprived of rights to which everyone is entitled under the rule of law. Punishment is normally barbaric, usually involving stoning or burning of the unfortunate individuals in a public place. Cameroon and Nigeria are said to have the highest rate of jungle justice in Africa.
Most jungle justice victims are innocent of the crimes for which they are punished. A lot of innocent Africans have fallen victim to jungle justice.
Jungle justice practitioners normally proclaim the guilt of an alleged offender on the basis of some locally understood code of conduct or standard of morality.
Jungle justice is often enacted swiftly, sometimes with local police standing by and watching, doing nothing. Jungle justice is a serious human rights abuse which continues to persist and grow in Africa.
Most Africans yearn for a society which is just and fair; a place in which everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Governments must act to end jungle justice which has already taken the lives of so many innocent citizens.
In February The two army officers who battered a disabled man in Onitsha, Anambra state were arrested, according to Army Spokesperson Sani Usman, after the video of the shameful act went viral.
The unidentified soldiers reportedly saw a crippled man wearing military camouflage by the road side in New Market Road before unleashing terror on him.
Instead of them arresting him, they resorted to using brutal force on the helpless man who ended up getting dragged across the road while passersby and shoppers looked in horror.
The Nigerian Army says it has commenced investigation into the viral video showing three alleged soldiers brutalising a yet-to-be-identified man at a location, believed to be in the country.
The soldiers had asked the victim to roll continually in the mud in the one minute 54 seconds video.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, on Thursday said the culprits, despite being in military camouflage, could be fake soldiers.
He added that the army had yet to ascertain whether the incident happened in Nigeria or outside the country.
“It is unfortunate that you concluded that the culprits were soldiers. You should have said alleged soldiers in your write up. The fact that somebody wore military camouflage or held an AK-48 rifle does not make him a soldier. We have a lot of fake soldiers and nobody can verify where and when the incident happened. However, the long and short of it is that we are investigating the incident.”