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We URGE you to help stop the practice of mob lynching in Nigeria.
Almost daily, persons suspected of petty or serious crimes, including children, are subjected to the worst forms of brutal assault by mobs who take the law into their hands in apprehending, trying and convicting these suspects.
The mob actions often involve stripping the victims until they are stark naked, after which they are viciously beaten with sticks and all manner of cudgels until they die. Onmany occasions, used car tires (tyres) are hung around suspects’ necks and they are doused with gasoline (petrol) before being set ablaze while alive with onlookers standing by.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, information about these extra-judicial trials by angry mobs on the streets of Nigeria is shared on blogs and social media like Twitter and Facebook, revealing that these practices are more common than assumed. This year alone, several of such brutal applications of mob justice have occurred around Nigeria.

In a disturbing sign of how profoundly devalued human life has become in Nigeria, many Nigerians hardly react these days with any measure of outrage in instances of wanton death and destruction. Many have even attempted to excuse the horrendous acts of extra-judicial murder as a necessary and welcome response to the incapacity or ineptitude of law enforcement agencies. But nothing justifies the unleashing of death on people without trial in a properly constituted law court.

With your help we can put an end to these barbaric acts and ensure that legal processes are followed in the matter of arresting and prosecuting perpetrators of these obvious crimes.
We also seek to make sure that the Nigerian Police adheres strictly to the LEGAL processes in dealing with suspected criminals after arrests are made.

We are petitioning the following institutions and officials:

1. The Nigerian National Assembly
2. The Nigerian Inspector-General of Police
3. The Attorney-General of the Federation
4. State House of Assemblies
5. Governors and State Commissioners of Police
6. The Nigerian Presidency

Our Demands:

Make lynching a Federal crime, but also pass anti-lynching statutes in all States of the federation; the intended enactment must provide incentives for informants who witness and document such acts.
Restore confidence in the judiciary by prosecuting participants in any mob action.
Equip and train the police to do a better job of investigating crimes in general, and in arresting as well as arraigning suspects accused of committing crime.
The standards for recruitment and training of police officers should be significantly improved. Create a modernized police force fully equipped that can respond immediately when citizens call to report crimes in progress.
Investigate matters regarding casesof criminality,abuse of office and police brutality within the NPF and provide transparency in these cases.
Register all vigilante groups and offer enlightenment training to such groups.
Design and offer a sustained public education and enlightenment that discourages the crime of lynching.

We encourage you to sign this petition and to join us in compelling the Nigerian authorities to end bestial acts that debase our humanity and project a barbaric image of Nigeria. Help stand for human decency and the rule of law in Nigeria.

Thank You.


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