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ROAD WATCH: Memo to IGP
Immediately President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan announced your name as the Acting Inspector General of Police, I jumped up and did a dance of relief that at last one of the finest and decent police officers has been appointed again.
I did not stop at that, I promptly wrote on my Face book wall on January 26 that “M.D Abubakar, the Acting IGP, is a man of high integrity. He is one of the few police officers who understand the job very well. He is incorruptible. A man of honour. M.D will make an impact in the Force.”
Honestly, that is your image which my brain still carries till today.
But as soon as I posted this to my over three thousands friends, I was bombarded by an avalanche of responses, some so crude and caustic as acid, while some were so abusive, with my personality taken to the cleaners just because of my opinion about you based on my personal interaction and experience of your integrity and competence.
But I never allowed all their threats and abuse to change my perception of you, which was formed when you were the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State under that late compassionate ex-Governor Mohammed Lawal.
You will remember what transpired between you, the late Lawal and another former governor who still lives.
Your conduct, behavior and posture that day made me believe that the police still harbor some sensible, dutiful men of impeccable integrity who recognized and respect constituted authority.
You should also remember my interface with you at the seminar initiated by the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) at Planet1 in Lagos some years back.
Your performance in Lagos as a Commissioner of Police and as AIG in charge of the zone, plus being an NSC security man, all emboldened my confidence that you will not betray the trust reposed in you by the nation.
I’m firm in my faith that you will perform.
However, I will like to warn you sir not to dance to the gallery of “public opinion” on issues which may be nice on the face value but not expedient security wise.
Now that the buck stops on your table, you should be able to look at Nigerians on their faces and tell them what you think it is good for them security wise.
And in this regard, you have committed the very first blunder by the way and manner you ordered the dismantling of the roads blocks that litters, the road network of the nation, as if we were in a war situation.
IGP sir, I believe that decision was made out of impetuosity to satisfy the crying Nigerians who were being daily traumatised by the managers of these road blocks popularly referred to as toll gates.
There is nothing wrong in having the police mounting road blocks in areas identified as black spots or based on intelligence gathering of some planned dastardly intention.
The Nigerian situation and social configuration have made road blocks necessary and a must on our roads.
In fact, it is ungoldly and a gross act of wickedness on your part to dismantle road blocks on Nigerian roads without an alternative policing system or style. It seems you are deliberately making us suya for the evil people.
I was seriously terrified the penultimate Saturday that I travelled all the way from Ibadan to Akure without having any police patrol or men on the road.
I kept on reciting Holy Mary, particularly on Ile-Ife – Ilesha dual expressway, a road where armed robbers have killed many even when police road blocks were in vogue!
Instead of this dancing to the gallery of public opinion. I was expecting a modernised police road block system like the one in Ghana where police men are keeping watch on the road 24 hours protecting the citizens by searching the contents and loads, not necessarily disturbing people who failed to update their correct and genuine documents.
I expected an immediate laundering of the interaction style of policemen who manages the road block and provision of standard road wedges instead of the timber, cement blocks and logs of wood which daily constitute nuisance and endanger road users.
I expected the new IGP to have interacted with the rank and file of the police on the need to conduct themselves well by bearing in mind that they are servants of the people, hence the need to treat them decently and respect their dignity.
I was expecting a road block where the officers on duty will be so polite and courteous that I will come to this forum to praise him.
We have to thank God that armed robbers have not been able to take over the roads as ealier anticipated.
The IGP must get back to the drawing board and get on the roads those worthy officers who are decent and forthright being to make the road safe before the hoodlums take over.Share