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120 inmates on the run after mob stormed Madagascar jail to ‘execute’ justice

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At least 120 prisoners have escaped from a jail in North Eastern Madagascar after nearly 800 people forced their way into Ikongo prison with the intention of lynching an inmate.

According to the country’s Justice ministry spokesperson, the mob overpowered the guards and after a fruitless search for the inmate they wanted, they released the 120 inmates in the prison.

‘‘About 800 people, according to the report we received, asked yesterday morning (Wednesday) to enter Ikongo Prison to get an accused charged with murder placed in custody in order to kill him, “said Jérémie Napou.

The spokesperson says that the officers manning the prison were held hostage and later released by the attackers.

“Five prison officers were even taken hostage before being released by the attackers,” he added.

The director of the prison and the magistrates who had placed the accused under arrest warrant “are hiding” at present “either in the forest or with other officials while awaiting the arrival of the reinforcements”, according to Jérémie Napou.

The phenomena of popular revenge are common on the island of Madagascar.

In 2013, three people – a Frenchman, a Franco-Italian and a Malagasy – were burned alive by a crowd that accused them of killing a child on the tourist island of Nosy Be.

An ancestral legal system that sanctions beatings and sometimes death as a punishment is still followed by some, coupled with a general lack of confidence in institutional justice are some of the reasons why people on this island nation take the law into their own hands.

Law enforcement agencies are considered to be slow and corrupt, fuelling a sense of insecurity in the populace.

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Dozens get vaccine after Ebola outbreak in Uganda

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Report says, Ugandan health officials have reacted with the vaccination campaign for people who may have been exposed to Ebola.

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The outbreak, one of the worst in history, started in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year and spread to Uganda earlier this month.


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Ugandan Woman Bags 20 years jail term for killing husband

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A Uganda High Court has sentenced a 27-year-old woman, Jackline Nakku, to 20-years in jail for murdering her husband on Valentine’s Day in 2018.

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The High Court in Mukono District in central Uganda found her guilty of murdering her husband Eric Kiddu after hitting him several times on the head with an iron bar.

After the murder Nakku attempted to make the killing appear to be the result of an attack by unknown people by screaming and running to neighbours to ask for help. His body was later found in a pool of blood with a panga and brick besides it, the Daily Monitor reported.

The couple had quarrelled shortly before the bloody encounter with a misunderstanding leading to Kiddu’s death.

Nakku was advised by the judge to appeal the sentence if she was dissatisfied as relatives of both husband and wife argued outside the court, trading accusations.

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