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Published On: Wed, Nov 26th, 2014

The reign of impunity in Nigeria

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By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

A former governor with familial and business ties to Chad was fingered as a sponsor of terror. The next thing we saw; he became Nigeria’s roving ambassador on terrorist matters, cruising around protected, under heavy State Security cordon. His state’s airport is closed to air traffic. Even the current governor has to travel by road but the airport is routinely opened for him to “pass”. Who will catch him?

The same man, at the behest of his new political party went to Borno State with hundreds of soldiers under the supervision of a very senior military officer to organize the community for the forthcoming elections. I hasten to remind you, to correlate the deployment of soldiers for this former governor with the smoke and mirrors announcement by the Department of State Services (DSS); that this man is purportedly under investigation as a sponsor of the terror campaign ravaging his home state of Borno and the entire Northeast. Who will catch them?

At first, boys in a certain boarding school were slaughtered. Then, over 200 girls were abducted, followed by more slaughter and more abductions. Who will catch them? Helicopters drop food, arms, money and many other stuff to the terrorists; who will catch them? Retired Army Chief was fingered as a sponsor of terrorism, who will catch him? The map of Nigeria is being redrawn by terrorists; who will catch them?

A governor-elect embarked on supervised beating of a judge to no consequence. Who will catch him? In the manner of “a snake must born something long”, the same governor closed an elected state lawmaker’s filling station, arranged seven lawmakers to have him impeached and the hapless man, who belongs to the opposition, stands impeached. Who will catch our new egghead on stomach infrastructure?

Another sitting governor, fearing the likelihood of a Buhari/APC Tsunami in his home state, likened anyone who is not a member of his party to cockroaches who must be exterminated. In a video footage, he called and incited his followers to mass murder. Who will catch him?

The police, with a long history of mediocrity, corruption and partisanship, chaperoned the Deputy Speaker – Emeka Ihedioha – into the premises of the National Assembly while the speaker – Aminu Tambuwal – was locked out, causing a melee with legislators scaling fences like consummate burglars. Who will catch them?

Assistant Inspector General of Police, Joseph Mbu, the former Rivers State police chief was posted there specifically to get Governor Rotimi Amaechi impeached and teach him the lesson of his life. Even though he did not succeed, he wounded Amaechi and taught him how reckless executive recklessness can get. Who will catch him? He has since been having it all juiced up since. He was posted to Abuja where he is supposed to deal with enemies of President Goodluck Jonathan such as the BringBackOurGirls Campaigners; Who will catch them?

A certain “domestic appendage to power” was largely misunderstood at first. She was derided for being brusque and quite rough in manners. Before our eyes, she acquired the regenerative potency of an earthworm. She corralled power by defying protocol and by staging a domestic hijack of executive powers with her husband looking indifferent. Who will catch her? She became a kingmaker like no other before her and rewrote, in her own language, the veritable cannon law of bedroom politics – thou ignore the power of a woman whose husband is powerful at your own peril. If in doubt, ask Timipre Sylvia and Seriake Dickson. Rotimi Amaechi has battle scars to show for her anger. When an unelected wife of an elected official can sack an elected governor, summon cabinet level officers to “ansa”, usurp executive powers without hindrance; Who will catch her?

The DSS invaded the All Progressives Congress (APC) data centre, destroying computers, files and equipment. Maryln Ogar, the DSS spokesperson, who makes no effort at hiding her partisan credentials, told the press they acted on a petition accusing APC agents of cloning permanent

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