Suspected goat thief burnt alive in Uyo


A man has died in Akwa Ibom State after a mob burned him alive on accusation he stole a goat.

A video of the March 31 incident too graphic to publish shows the man writhing in pain as people looked on.

His charred body was left along Abak Road, Uyo just after the Ring Road Flyover, adding to a growing number of mob justice in the south-south state.

It can be recalled that the police spokesperson in the state, SP Odiko MacDon, had vowed that the police would prosecute those found to have taken laws into their hands.

“The Commissioner of Police notes that jungle justice is a travesty of justice, as it does not guarantee fairness to anyone and may lead to the death of an innocent person(s).

“The act may lead to a state of anarchy and will, therefore, not be tolerated as it negates the subsisting constitutional provisions and has no place in our criminal justice administration,” he said in February after the state recorded about six cases of jungle justice in Akwa Ibom.

Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom State is currently facing various forms of security challenges, including the killing of at least 7 security officers in Essien Udim, and the reported killings in Ibiono Ibom.

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