For ages now, the Nigeria Police Force has been grappling with a battered image that seems to defy all the redemptive measures that it has put in place to give the force a new face and restore the confidence of the masses in their onerous task of protecting both the lives and property of citizens. The Police futility in achieving this all-important goal is largely due to the excesses of some of the bad eggs among its ranks whose ignoble acts have continued to paint the force in bad light.
While the slogan “Police is your friend” ought to be (both in principle and practice) the lullaby that drives both distraught and dismayed citizens to sleep with their both eyes closed or elicit feeling of security in the face of any seeming threat to their life at the sight of the Police, the sad irony is that some bad eggs in the force have bastardly reverse the slogan to now read “Police is your foe” thereby unconsciously sending a message of insecurity and fear among citizens whenever they see men of the force. What a sad twist!
As one who have over the years enjoyed a robust working/personal relationship with men of the force, I mean both the mighty and the not-too-mighty, I have been reading about Police brutality, molestation or harassment of any sort on the pages of newspapers. Probably because I had learned the Force’s elementary rope of “Obey before complain” right from when I had my eyes on my knees, I had never come close to falling a victim of any harassment until September 30, 2017 when one overzealous policeman attached with the Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources who must have sworn by only-God-knows-what to make me have a feel of it.
It happened so sudden like one of those well-planned but transient action-packed scenes in Hollywood movies where before you could recognize the ‘actor’ (protagonist), the antagonist has been killed and the film ended.
For those of you who probably have not read the story I did capturing the brutality and terror unleashed upon citizens who defaulted the last monthly environmental exercise in the state that led to this assault, the long and short of the story is that, the policeman whose picture appears above deliberately attempted to harass me for trying to take shots of traders being manhandled and dragged on the floor as common criminals under the supervision of the authorities of the Ministry of Environment and their hired security personnel in the name of enforcing compliance with the exercise.
The said policeman (whose name am yet to unravel, reason am linking him up with his boss), after watching the lawlessness by the sanitation monitoring team dragging and inflicting serious decree of injuries on their victims thereby provoking me to start taking shots and probably video the extreme human rights abuse by agents of government, in a contrived manner swoop on me to ‘treat my fuck up’ as he later boosted.
Launching his attack on me, the said policeman, had after jumping at me with his gun hung on his neck, in a split of seconds asked more than five questions that he barely spare me a second to answer before holding me by the neck and started dragging me.
Incensed by his madness and approach, I resisted his assault and as well demanded that he should stop dragging me. Infuriated that I had freed myself from his grip and refused handing him my phone, he took hold of his gun and started threatening that if I resisted his commands any further that he was going to deal with me boosting that he has been trained to that.
It only took the efforts of my journalists’ colleagues to separate us, telling him that I was a journalist, since he pretended he never knew me as one. A remark that got me more infuriated asking him if a Policeman must only treat people right based on recognition.
To prove his intent, even after he had so embarrassed and harassed me in a way that no policeman had ever attempted and could not come off his high horse to apologize or at least showed some soberness and remorse, he went ahead to tell my colleagues that if they had not intervened, he would have dealt with me seriously to his satisfaction bragging that after all he would only be “asked to apologize when the harm had already been done”.
On hearing this, I was so enraged by this overzealous cop’s braggadocio and haughtiness all through the period the exercise lasted. While he thought of himself as the most powerful person on earth as a man with a gun, he probably didn’t know what I thought of myself as a man with a sword that is mightier and powerful than the one he knows.
After some colleagues pleaded for me to allow the sleeping dog lie, though his ego and lack of remorse hurt the more each time I looked at him, I had to heed their plea. Though I almost changed my mind moment later when he came around on seeing me chatting with my colleagues and suspecting that I was inquiring about his identity and boastfully threw a challenge that I should do whatever suites me.
But just as I wanted to address his issue the following day, it dawned on me that Tuesday October 3rd was the day that the South South Zone of the Nigerian Police Force had a summit in Uyo.
Being that I had other good policemen as friends, coupled with the fact that the State Commissioner of Police is my very good friend that I have high regards for, I didn’t want to give the police in the state a bad image. So, I decided to belly the insult of the said arrogant cop which by virtue of my position as the CEO of my own company, I could hire him to serve me in the same capacity he was currently serving, if I were to be one that needs such attention. But I simply gave up and ceased fire.
But to my greatest surprise, I woke up to a rude shock Friday morning when one of my colleagues who was part of the team of journalists that monitored the terror-like sanitation exercise called me that I should be careful that the same policeman was looking for me.
He said that he met him at the Police Headquatres, Ikot Akpan Abia, where the said policeman asked after my identity so that he could teach me a lesson as he put it.
Therefore, knowing how mischievous some overzealous policemen could be, in the face of the targeted and contrived assault the said policeman earlier launched against me on the said sanitation day after which instead of apologizing, he resorted to boasting, demand that the Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Dr. Iniobong Essien (who hired him for the exercise) and the Commissioner for Police should prevail on the said policeman who is now combing everywhere in search of my identity to “teach me the lesson of my life” to tender an open apology and as well sign a surety that should anything happens to me he should be held responsible.
The letter should be published between today 9th October to Wednesday 11th October in any state-based tabloid of his choice. Failure to do so would force me to petition the IGP officially about this threat to my life.
Figure 1Dr. Iniobong Essien’s Police aide who is after my life.
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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