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OPINION: How To Become A Popular Cops

Mummy, I wan to be a policeman, so that I can be arresting thieves and other bad people”. I overheard a boy around 10 years old, whose police themed home dramas might have made him to dream of seeing himself as a member of law enforcement agency in the nearest future telling his mum while I was passing by on a street. I was shocked, very shocked – I hardly hear people wanting to be a police officer, they prefer other uniform security related jobs.

The boy actually gave a rather precised role of policing anywhere in the world which is nothing but protecting life and properties of the populace and maintaining law and order in the society. However, looking at the ways in which our police have been operating against its work principle over the years have alley huge prejudice about the force in many places in the world and especially in Nigeria.

That gave a little insight to why many hardly pray to be a police officer. The popular saying “police is your friend” means “police is your enemy” to larger people in the society. Reasons for this is simply because – the police notoriety defies human comprehension and reeks of outright incompetence, deliberate violations of human rights, extra-judicial killings and unbridled extortion.

I had heard people saying if corruption is eradicated in the country, there won’t be anything called police in the country – police is synonymous to corruption. Let’s assume they are not the only one here as they have like-minds-in-crime – the politicians, directly and indirectly extorting the people’s and nation’s purse. However, it seems police brutality is more rank than other crimes perpetuated by the blue-black uniformed men. If not why is there rise in police brutality in recent days?

One would think that during this time that everything is upside-down, and when everyone is trying to find new way of facing life’s reality, one would think the police too is together with the world and finding a lasting ‘vaccine’ for the virus which has eaten the body of the force up to its soul. But, surprisingly unsurprising, our police rather massively, keep pouring fuel to their show of inhumanity.

In far away America protest has been ongoing in most of its cities which resulted from inhumane activities of some cops. A 46 year old man, George Floyd, from Minnesota on May 25, 2020, died, when Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and some seconds which resulted into deceased death. The officer in charge and three others has been relieved of their duty after public out cry.

While that was going, Nigeria again had its latest unfortunate experience of police brutality in Lagos. One Musa Yakubu, 35, was injured and a stray bullet hit Tina Ezekwe, a 17 years old girl. The bullet pierced through the left upper side of her lap. She was rushed to the hospital but died two days after.

The trigger-happy policemen, Theophilus Otobo (ASP) and Oguntoba Olamigoke (Inspector) attached to Bariga Police Station have been reportedly subjected to internal discipline proceedings.

I do not want to peel the healed wound, I would have given accounts of people brought down by police that’s why I stopped at the fresh ones. The numbers are even countless.

A thorough findings on the reason why this act will keep increasing from cops who are suppose to protect one’s life but turning out to be life terminator reveals that most of these officers if found wanting in whatever investigation they might have been subjected to hardly go with cogent punishment and this is even more worsened by the fact that many people who made a complaint against police were brought up on counter-charges such as resisting arrest, defamation, and assault.

Government on its part has given less concern about the public cry of as regards to the way police are treating citizens. Drastic measures should be put in place to avoid revolts from the masses like it is ongoing in Minneapolis and police should have a rethink of their irrational and inhumane acts. Corruption is enough in making the police a thing to reckon with, brutality shouldn’t be added. Please!

Written by Hassan Temitope (@hatdapoet)

Nyesom Wick-e and His Executive Order

For those that had watched the 2014 released American action packed movie titled; John Wick would come into conclusion that playing with the main actor’s dog carries a weighty penalty, let alone having the effrontery to kill it – that’s death, it can’t be escaped. In short, it is just like matching a cobra’s tail.

In this current situation which the world is into, I recently came across laughable thought inspired by lovers of the film which stated John Wick shouldn’t have been a film, and Corona should mistakenly enter Wick’s dog, so Wick could just help kill the virus. That’s funny.

Like Wick, some personalities as well have that thing that if anyone dares to mistakenly or intentionally meddle with, the person will have to see their other eyes – it may be yellow, blue or red. Especially, if they make a rule. It doesn’t matter who is who this time, the madness for that particular thing would have clouded the part of the brain which is responsible for identification of what is right or ‘left’. Often, when all dies down, it leaves them in had I know condition.

Since the start of the lockdown of a thing, whenever there is a news of Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, what will follow will unmistakably be; “lockdown violation”. In the issue of monitoring lockdown violation, without much ado, Wike owns the Golden prize.

It was Wike that was reportedly accused Deputy Commissioner of Police of issuing pass for people to violate the lockdown. Before then, report had it that the governor ordered the arrest of two Caverton pilots for allegedly violating the lockdown measures in the state, after which the pilots were arraigned at a magistrate’s court, and were remanded for some weeks, even despite Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, torpedoed this arbitrary action, saying aviation matters are strictly on the exclusive list of the federal government. There was also clip of him, himself arresting two women for violating the lockdown order.

And of recent, he demolished two hospitality facilities on the account of lockdown violation as well. This has garnered mixed reactions all over places. So, with this, one couldn’t but conclude that Wike’s Executive Decree, slip of pen, Order, is just like Wick’s bingo is to Wick, in which no one should play with.

Nigerians are used to this kind of rulership as this isn’t the first time, a governor will just wake up one morning and said a building worth millions of naira should be brought down all because of Executive Order while we claim to be running democracy. Isn’t proper due process that is needed to be followed?

Though, Wike has responded to the reasons of the demolition and claimed that he is following the written order. And that the act was done in order to serve as a deterrent to other violators. The buildings demolished actually belonged to a card carrying member of Wike’s party. Looking deeply into this act, common sense will tell that Wike is up to something more bigger, so, those residing in the state, especially the opposition party members should be extra careful.

However, someone should tell the Rivers governor that, Lagos State which is been affected most by this pandemic is keeping cool with governance, so are other states. They are not committing blunders as we have it in Rivers. Mobile courts are been utilized in order to execute what is enshrined in the lockdown order. And he should remember that he is an elected leader, thus, he should stop acting like a uniform one.

Written by: Hassan Temitope (@hatdapoet)

Abacha In Trillions Before Unknown Looters

On a lighter note, if we are to pick up our counting device and do some mathematics to know the worth of the popular Abacha loot, sorry, assets, as said by our amiable Attorney General while announcing the newest of the funds in our local currency (Naira), don’t you think it will be enough to start a new Nigeria?. After all the lockdown has awaken the spirit of mathematics in us. It has made us to know the number of sticks that made up a Dangote Pasta, the total count of grains that made up a cup of rice to the extent that we even know that 167 tea spoon-full made up a sachet of ‘pure water’. Won’t it be amazing to know how much ‘ancestor’ Abacha had sent from grave to help Nigeria’s ministry in Naira?

Let’s get down to it, but before we go beyond the starting line, you must know Abacha, don’t you? There was only one Abacha – our former Head of State, who ruled like there were no tomorrow and died of apple poison by a said mistress sometime around June, 1988 – a whole 22 years ago. Although, Nigeria’s economy got some tush face during his administration. One of the best till date. So, indeed every good man has his bad side, so is every bad man.

Days after his death, the country got another Military ruler in person of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, he was the one who gave the directive on what is today known as Abacha loot. He ordered a probe into the looting of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 1993-1998 and at the end of the enquiry, it was established that the late Abacha stole over $5 billion from the vaults of the CBN through his one of his aids.

Most of these money are scattered in accounts in countries like UK, USA, Switzerland and others. There were many other assets in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Sierra Leone and with private individuals, friends and family, of which has already been recovered during the enquiry. The forfeited assets as reported, were promulgated into law and signed by General Abubakar on 26th May 1999.

Our concern isn’t about the established figure reported by Abdulsalami’s administration but the recovered dollars from Abdulsalami’s down to this moment. It should be noted that of all the leader Nigeria had had since then, only late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua didn’t receive any recovered funds of the so called Abacha money.

While Abdulsalami was Head of State, in 1999, $750 million was recovered. Under the Obasanjo administration, $1.2 billion was recovered in 2002; $149 million from Jersey Island, UK in 2003; $500 million recovered in 2004 from Switzerland and another $458 recovered in 2005 from Switzerland. During the Jonathan administration, $1 billion was recovered in 2012 and $380 million in 2015, both tranches from Switzerland. The Jonathan administration also recovered $227 million from Liechtenstein in 2014 and $48 million from the United States the same year.

The Buhari government recovered $322 million from Switzerland in 2017 and $311 million from Jersey Island, United Kingdom, this year, which is the most current. The one humorously called Abacha Covid-19 palliative by Nigerians.

As at the time of writing this, Naira against US Dollars is N390. So taking Abdulsalami’s time first. We will have 292.5 billion naira. Obasanjo’s administration will equal to 889 billion and 742 million Naira. While the ones recovered in Jonathan’s era will amount to 645.5 billion Naira.

And the ones recovered so far in Buhari’s time is over 247 billion Naira. Alot of the funds are still yet to be recovered as established by the Transparency International.

In total we are having over two trillion Naira, while still expecting more. Indeed these funds can be used to restart a nation but unfortunately, it has not do perhaps anything good to the progress of the country. There hasn’t been any leader that has been able to account for these refunded loots, save from the present one said would be used to construct Kano-Abuja Express way, Second Niger Bridge and Lagos-Ibadan Express way, thanks to international organizations who give the condition that if the fund is not properly used, Nigeria will have to give it back.

If Abacha was the only man who had siphoned much from this country, while will the recovered funds be going back to private pockets? Perhaps, if death hadn’t came for Abacha, his remains won’t be synonymous to a looter, just like those alive in which no one could dare calling them ‘abacha’.

Abobaku: A Chief Born To Die For The King

Sometimes recently, around 2015 during the demise of the yesterday’s Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, the social media was awashed with a claim that Ooni who should be buried before the seventh day after been deceased might not find a grave because his Abobaku (the man who would escort the king’s body to the grave) had given honour to deer, so his whereabout is difficult for even goggle to tell.

That was how many got to know about the old-revered chieftancy title called, Abobaku, which literally translate to he who dies with the king, in Yoruba land. And you know history as a subject matter these days is so irrelevant just as zero after the decimal point. So, when the Ooni Abobaku saga was unfold, the populace laced with quasi knowledge of history mocked the title to be barbaric – the least of the big words used in rendering the revered title to the mud.

“Why will you sacrifice someone because a king die? Why can’t the king be buried alone?”. Those were there questions based on literary meaning of Abobaku. To give a light to question, let’s briefly know why Abobaku?

Those with the knowledge of history said that, Abobaku was exclusive to Old Oyo Empire! It was never in practice at Ile-Ife. The concept of Abobaku was a sort of insurance programme for Alaafin; Its sole aim was to build a steadfast, long-lasting loyalty between the King and his trusted general. In other words, Abobaku would ensure the king lives by all means otherwise he too would be buried alongside him. This practice was for the ancient Oyo Empire, not in practice in contemporary Oyo kingdom. Can we now come in conclusion that though literarily Abobaku means he who dies with the king but the actual meaning is he who takes bullet for the king?

Akin this to the role of Chief of Staff to the president of this country who is said to be the principal channel of communication between the president and the government.

He also have responsibility for the official programme and correspondence of the President. And he is the main person to tell the president what he don’t want to hear.

You will come to terms that to be a COS to the president, the president must be convinced that yes, “you can die for me”, just like Abobaku would do for the old Oyo empire king, right? So can we say a Chief of Staff is synonymous to an Abobaku of the old Oyo empire?

To the masses, Abobaku might not be so important, but to his master there is no mortal like him. Perhaps that’s why a master might try to compensate the most important subject to him and hand him some power which might not ogour well with many that wished the seat could be theirs, thereby would cook some garbage of many lies and give it ‘me too must eat’ package for the populace to consume. You can’t blame the masses; palace is for all but ‘all’ is not for palace.

It is a known fact that if lies remain unchecked, it became true. That is why a king needs more diplomacy in giving kudos to his most trusted man but if eventually, Abobaku takes the bullet for the king as expected, no royal words might win the laced lies against any of his subjects, even of the one born to die for the king.

The king while search of another Abobaku, should pick lessons from the last kings on how they served them honestly, because at the long run masses are the most important subjects. Also, the new Abobaku that will emerge should try, if possible, to beat the record of the late Abobaku and ensured that his mistakes are not repeated. A king should know that many not at times, silence is a fool.

Gunmen disrupt Kogi PDP primary election (VIDEO)

The governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state came to a halt on Wednesday morning as gunmen invaded the venue of the exercise shooting sporadically.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the Lokoja Confluence Stadium after delegates had voted on Tuesday, and during vote-counting in the early hours of Wednesday.

Eight out of the 10 ballot boxes used in the exercise were said to have been sorted out and counted before the attack.

Aspirants and delegates scampered for safety as the invaders shot in different directions.

Ahmad Fintiri, Adamawa state governor, chairman of the electoral committee, was said to have been whisked away to safety by his security detail.

The governor, however, did not continue overseeing the process as he was driven out of the venue a few hours later.

Earlier, Fintiri said 2,388 delegates were accredited out of a total of 2,511 from 21 local government areas of the state.

The aspirants cleared for the primary election are Wada Idris, former governor of the state; Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west; Erico Ameh, Aminu Suleiman, Grace Adejoh, Abubakar Ibrahim, Kabiru Haruna, Musa Wada, Saliu Atawodi, Mohammed Adah, Victor Adoji, Baye Averehi, and Emmanuel Omebije.

Source: TheCable

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