Jungle Justice: The Brutal End of Captain Maxwell Mahama

With the continuous rise in civilization all over the world, one would think that human beings will put an end to a lot of archaic practices. Regrettably, this is not so. Africa has continued to disappoint in this aspect. Where other continents are looking to raise their economy and foster relationships with other countries, some Africans still uphold wicked and inhumane acts such as jungle justice. A case scenario is the recent brutal murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama, a soldier in Ghana, on account of suspicion that he was an armed robber. Nothing on earth justifies this terrible act.

The social outcry on this act is much louder because he was a well-known personality in that region. However, it is a very common phenomenon in a lot of African countries. The reason for the lack of knowledge of this is because most of them are civilians who are not popular. The world is a small village, it could be someone very close to you tomorrow. Jungle justice is evil. It doesn’t matter if the person involved is really guilty of the crime which he/she is being accused of; there is a reason for the presence of law enforcement agencies. Which begs the question: Why is Jungle Justice still rampant in a lot of African societies?

The first thing is to look at the so-called law enforcement agencies. Are they active? Do they really dispense justice when such cases are brought before them? A lot of people justify their silly mob action by saying that the criminals would go scot-free if handed over to their police force. I don’t believe this excuse is plausible. A lot of innocent people have died through jungle justice. The fact that the police force is not trustworthy in justice delivery does not give rights to ordinary citizens to beat a human with sticks on the head, throw stones that are more than double the weight of that person and burn him/her to death. It is inhumane and disgusting. Anyone that is bold enough to kill a person is as much a criminal as the person who is being accused.

Captain Maxwell Mahama was by no means an armed robber as he was accused of being. He was a soldier deployed to that region to stop the practice of illegal mining. Now that those villagers know this, their error cannot be corrected. A life has been wasted and can never be gotten back. He left behind a wife and two young children. The agony that they must be going through is indescribable. This is a call to everyone to stop jungle justice! There is no excuse for it. It is very evil and not the right way to dispense justice.

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