This special edition of the weekly update spotlights the growing prevalence of vigilante justice and mob violence in the Niger Delta. According to data (see map above), vigilante and mob violence caused over 350 fatalities in the Niger Delta between January 2021 and May 2023. Recent incidents indicate the growing prevalence of vigilante violence and mob lynching in the region. In April 2023, for instance, a 22-year-old male robbery suspect was reportedly set ablaze by a mob in Atimbo community in Calabar Municipal LGA, Cross River State. In June, a middle-aged woman was reportedly burned to death by a mob over alleged witchcraft practices at Old Netim community in Akamkpa LGA, Cross River. In July, a mob reportedly burned a 32-year-old man to death for allegedly stealing a loaf of bread from a bakery in Tombia community in Yenagoa LGA, Bayelsa State. Separately, in July, a criminal suspect was allegedly set ablaze by a mob in Itam community in Itu LGA, Akwa Ibom State. More recently, on July 22, 2023, a robbery suspect was reportedly burned to death by a mob in Agbor community in Ika South LGA, Delta State.
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