Jungle Justice is a popular act in Nigeria (perhaps also in the rest of Africa?) whereby a particular group of people in a society takes the law into their own hands in the most brutal way ever. As often as not, they strip their victims naked, deprive them of their pride and gruesomely do away with their lives in broad day light, without any previous trial by the court of law.
The straw that broke the camel's back was the lynching of four students from the University of Porthacourt Nigeria on the 5th of October 2012. Tekena Elkanah, Ugonna Obuzor, Chiadika Biringa, and Lloyd Michael were allegedly accused of stealing telephones and laptops. They were caught by a group of people in the community and were beaten, burnt and put to death in open light of day and in the presence of spectators. The police came afterwards.
The short story Jungle Justice by Somi Ekhasomhi is along the same line; though, through the eyes of a young house girl, Oshoke. Who was shipped from the village to Lagos to work as a servant, where she witnessed a serial of jungle justice. Her testimony was somewhat determinant in bringing "justice" to the victim's family.
This book should neither be considered a novel nor a novella but a short story. It consists of thirty-two pages, which I read in half an hour or less. In my opinion it fits into a collection of short stories rather than standing alone. All the same, I am glad that Somi brought to light such a heart-rending subject through her novel. Hopefully, public awareness of this dreadful act would be raised. And the murderers of the four Uniport students would be brought to justice.
Thank you Somi for sending me a copy.