The Isanlu, Kogi robbery and Wadume affair

The Isanlu, Kogi robbery and Wadume affair

By Idowu Akinlotan

Days after armed robbers invaded the agrarian city of Isanlu, East Yagba Native Authorities Space of Kogi State, killing seven policemen and a civilian, the authorities haven’t visited the city or spoken about what classes they’ve learnt to overview the nation’s safety structure and legislation enforcement methods. Perhaps the demise toll was not excessive sufficient. About 10 months after Taraba State kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala, alias Wadume , was arrested, escaped via the assistance of troopers, and was rearrested, the federal government has simply managed to cost him and 6 different accomplices in court docket. He was first arraigned in January, however his alleged army accomplices have been absent. Two months later, one other arraignment was tried, nonetheless the troopers weren’t produced in court docket, forcing the presiding choose, Justice Binta Nyako, to order the army authorities to supply them.

Some 10 months later, the troopers have nonetheless not been produced regardless of the Legal professional Common of the Federation (AGF) taking up the case. Ten months? In a rustic with legislation and order? Does it take greater than a month for the army to course of the alleged army accomplices and launch them to civil authorities? Do the deaths of some three policemen, when a crew of troopers confronted cops and forcibly launched Mr Bala, not imply something to the authorities? The federal government goes forward with the prosecution of the seven nearly as if the gravity of the case is misplaced on everyone. If the federal authorities can’t get 10 indicted troopers to face the legislation for homicide, how can the nation belief them to be even-handed? The AGF should after all hope that the army will ultimately launch the troopers to be prosecuted with a purpose to save the federal government embarrassment.

Neither the Isanlu theft nor the shoddy and perfunctory prosecution of kidnap kingpins and their army accomplices ought to ever be dealt with so cavalierly in a rustic with a functioning, even democratic authorities. After the robbers invaded Isanlu and killed seven policemen, civil authority within the city merely collapsed. There was no sense of who ought to take cost. Onlookers flooded the crime scene, notably the police station, took pictures and video recordings of the slain cops, and uploaded them on social media. The images have been gory and in unhealthy style, whereas uploaded movies of the crime scene have been much more repulsive. In demise, the slain cops have been robbed of their dignity, as they’ve usually been robbed of their dignity alive.

The AGF and Nigeria’s army brass could also be functionaries of the identical authorities, however the former has a huger accountability than the latter to uphold the rule of legislation. If he can’t get the troopers produced in court docket on the subsequent sitting, he ought to engineer a stalemate. He should make a press release on whether or not the nation operates two units of legal guidelines — one for the weak and one other for the highly effective. It’s reprehensible {that a} case as easy because the Wadume case, which is being prosecuted earlier than the entire world, ought to get so entangled in a maze spun by highly effective males and connived at by weak officers. The place certainly is authorities?

It is usually pressing that the federal and state governments should use the Isanlu theft case as a springboard for introducing reforms each in legislation enforcement and civil management in small cities underrepresented by policemen and understaffed by civil officers. The aftermath of the theft was vital sufficient for the Inspector-Common of Police and the state Commissioner of Police to go to the city, pay condolence calls on grieving widows and widowers, and get first-hand data on how to reply to related assaults sooner or later. For positive, too, the governor should have visited Isanlu just a few days after the theft. It’s not clear whether or not they have performed so, or deliberate to take action someday later.