LISTEN AND WATCH: Young Nigerian, lynched, burnt for snatching a bag

2018-05-23 08:01

A taxi driver in a Nigerian city has given an account of how he witnessed the lynching of a young man who was caught after stealing a bag.

According to BBC, all over the world, there are cases when " petty criminals who are caught red-handed are attacked rather than being taken to the police".

In this particular incident, the taxi driver said he watched helplessly as the young man was burnt to death.

"The guy stole a bag from a lady. He was trying to escape while other guys were after him. They got him and put a tyre around him... and burnt him. He died. I shed tears...," the taxi driver said.

The Conversation wrote in an article in December 2017 that Nigeria was on the verge of passing a law to criminalise rampant mob lynching.

The article said, however, that other countries had tried to do this but had failed.

A 2014 survey revealed that 43% of Nigerians had personally witnessed a lynch mob attack.

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