Omoyele Sowore, the 2023 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), has strongly condemned the horrifying incident in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, where an unidentified man was brutally lynched and set on fire by enraged youths on allegations of stealing another person’s manhood.
Taking to his verified social media handle on Thursday, Sowore expressed his outrage and called for an immediate halt to such barbaric acts. He implored both law enforcement agencies and the vigilant public to step up and address this distressing issue.
Sowore pointed out that this savage trend had first emerged in Calabar roughly a month ago and had now spread to Lokoja, Kogi State. He emphasized the absurdity of accusing someone of stealing another person’s manhood, which is an impossibility, and highlighted the grave consequences such accusations were having on innocent lives.
In his statement, he wrote, “This resurgence of 1980s-style barbarism, involving the lynching of innocent individuals, has reemerged in Nigeria. It initially manifested in Calabar about a month ago and has now tragically reached Lokoja in Kogi state. The tactic involves baseless allegations of manhood theft – an utterly impossible accusation – and results in the unjust killing or burning alive of the wrongly accused. This barbaric practice must cease immediately, and it is imperative for both law enforcement agencies and the conscientious public to take swift action.”