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The Guardian

Article Summary   by:caroline davies    
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Title: The Boy Samuel.


He is an eleven year old.Forced into this profession

just


because he has no other means of survival.His spot
for


begging today,october 17, 2005, as always is under
the


bridge in front of the national stadium in Surulere,

Lagos.


fortune smiles on him qutie early today as a good

samaritan


gives him 50 Naira.He gleefully abandons his
dutypost to

get


a satchet of cold water to quench his thirst before

thinking


of food for the day. The satchet water available at
the


make-shift under the bridge being not cold to his


satisfaction, he proceeds to a nearby bus stop to
buy

some.


He does get some and after quenching his thirst
decides

to


join a group of children who were about his age-
mates at


football. A woman nearby notices an unfamiliar face

amidst


the children, raises an alarm and in no timme he is

branded


a kidnapper.


Soon enough, a group of people gather and charge at
himm


after listening to the womans story. Samuel is
punched,


kicked, stoned and mercilessly beaten. He is dragged

naked


to e spot under the bridge where he claims his
mother

also


bbegs for alms. The woman he points out as his
mother


promptly denies him after being dealt several blows
by

some


of the social miscreants who had already joined the

crowd.


The mob returned to beating him and not even his
cries

of


'mummy, mummy ,please save me and God please save
me,I

am


innocent' touchedthe heart of the crowd. They are
not

even


thrugh with him yet as he is doused with gasoline
and

set


alight. His small frame quickly burns beyond

recognition.


Samuel's early morning fortune had led himm to

misfortune.


The mob feels satisfied. They had just done justice
to a


kidnapper and prevented another child from being

kidnapped


for ritual purposes.


Lynching of suspected and/or confirmed kidnappers
has

become


a common occurrence over the last three months and

children


have been involved, not only as the possible victims
but

as


decoys for their mates. Thy are given tokens to lure

other


unsuspecting kids into the hands of kidnappers.


Controls need to be put in place to check people
from

taking


the law into their own hands.Though some cases of

confirmed


kidnapper-ritualists within the last few years that
were


handed over to the appropriate authorities were
swept

under


the carpet. The culprits were never brought to book.

Despite


these, We need not allow innocent lives,


to be lost to blind mob-justice which is as a
result of

our


the people's loss of confidence in societal laws and

their


enforcers.
Published: November 11, 2005   
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