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Nigerians applaud as community catches thief, punishes him without lynching him [See the punishment]


A thief will be thanking his stars to be alive after residents in a Rivers State community against jungle justice as his punishment for stealing.

The residents rather decided the thief does community service as punishment for his criminal act. They, therefore, got him a shovel to clean the gutters and even bought him pure.

Though it sounds like a scene from a Nollywood movie, pictures of the incident was shared by a man, identified as The Mouth That Eats Salt & Pepper ?/@Manlike_ED, on Twitter.

He wrote,

Instead of setting him ablaze with a tyre around his neck, residents gave this petty thief a shovel to clean up gutters as his punishment stealing.

They even bought him pure water o, lol.

See community service ?

According to him, the criminal also got to drink two chilled bottles of Fanta and a full bag of sachet water.

Many commenters praised the resident for their innovation and decried jungle justice as punishment for petty stealing.

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Gordon Mukonyezi, who described himself as a sports lover in Uganda, applauded the residents, saying:

Humanity took charge. I hope most people can pick a leaf from such a scenario. Burning a fellow human being, beating someone to death and other forms of mob justice isn’t proper all

Gina Sondo/@GinaSondo, an Afriquemedia International Correspondent, noted that whenever she speaks against jungle justice she gets hushed.

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She wrote:

I always speak against mob justice… beating a thief to death, setting him or her ablaze and the other methods… But people always tell me “Na BC say thief man nova do you.” There are other ways of dealing with a thief.