The Nigerian Army and the Police are exchanging hot words publicly over operational issues, which recorded the death of some policemen. A serious nation would have known that there is serious trouble within its security ranks, if two top officers of the Nigerian Police Force were openly exchanging words over operational issues, or even civil issues, but my leaders in this country move on as if nothing has happened, while the Nigerian Police Force through its official spokesperson responds openly to a very disturbing and shameful press statement by the Army spokesperson.
The Police is claiming that its officers who were sent on official assignment to arrest a notorious kidnapper were attacked by some soldiers after they had successfully arrested the suspect and put him in handcuffs. They are accusing the Army of releasing this wanted criminal.
I have gone back to read the press statement by the Army, telling its own side of the story, and like the NPF observed, there are too many holes in their defense. It is pathetic enough that the Army and Police who are also supposed to collaborate to combat crime are suspecting one another of aiding a very serious crime. The Army, even after conceding that the men they killed are policemen on legitimate duty, embarrassingly continued to address them as suspected kidnappers.
When the wrong ones are in power who never had the interest of the citizenry at heart nor had the intention to serve but to lot public funds, never expect something less from what’s actually happening cause everything is automatically bound to go wrong.
If this obviously doesn’t tell you how deeply our troubles as a nation are, then, nothing else will. When the agencies saddled with the responsibility of protecting our life and properties are actually responsible for killing each other like chicken, then what’s going to happen to regular citizens who knows little or nothing about combating to protect themselves? We are helplessly exposed to series of attacks from every single angle, we’ve had series of killings of citizens from the force men who refuses to give out bribe of 50,100 naira as the case may be. Now is army killing the police, civil defence corp killing police, army killing civil defence corp…, bottom line here is, the wrong persons are in corridors of power, miss-place of priorities. And the impunity will obviously continue if not checked and corrected.