The United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRFP), an NGO, has condemned the attack on the traditional ruler of Igbokoda Kingdom, Ondo State, Oba Afolabi Odidiomo.
UGRFP’s Executive Director, Mr Olaseni Shalom, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, urged Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu and law enforcement agents to fish out and prosecute those behind the mayhem.
Shalom said that unknown persons attacked Odidiomo on Wednesday while he was returning back to his palace after a meeting; broke his head and damaged his car.
He said that if there was a dispute in the community, there were options of approaching the court and other authorities rather than brutalising a traditional ruler.
Shalom regretted that in the 21st century with its civilisation, people could still resort to jungle justice.
“ So worse is it that the same jungle justice is even meted out to a traditional ruler of the community who is supposed to be held in the highest esteem and respect by everyone within the society and beyond.
“It is on this note that we, as a group, decry the attack on Oba Odidiomo as unfortunate and condemnable.
“How would one interpret the new low level of humanity as displayed by some youths of the society who have turned themselves into a willing agent in the hands of the devil by unleashing mayhem on the community for whatever reasons?
“We are calling on Gov. Akeredolu and the law enforcement agencies to look into this matter and to ensure that the perpetrators of this cruel act are brought to justice.
“We wish to state categorically that rule of law entails that no man should take law into their own hands but should relay any matter of disputes to the appropriate authorities to dispense with same,’’ he said.
He said that there would be a community stakeholders deliberative meeting on Dec. 21 at the Ilaje Civic Centre at 11am.
The executive director said the meeting aimed at dealing extensively with the matters of jungle justice and how to curb same in the society so as to have a trouble and violence free environment.
Shalom also reminded the general public to join UGRFP’s rally against jungle justice scheduled for Dec. 18 at the MKO Abiola Democracy Park, Akure at 8am.