Kidnapping Of Chief Olu Falae – Abating Criminalities In Nigeria Abdulrahman Agboola
George Orwell in his wisdom postulated that: the object of terrorism is terrorism, the object of oppression is oppression, the object of torture is torture, the object of murder is murder, and the object of power is power. Alan Moore states as thus: since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted ourselves, by so doing, they took our power, by doing nothing, we gave it away, we have seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse. I align with these maxims as a clear expression of the oppressive tendencies of power brokers in Nigeria in their pursuance of selfish interest at the expense of the masses.
There is no justification for criminalities in our legal system which forms the existence of security personnel to abate crimes and keep the society safe from outlaws. The reign of kidnapping in Southern Nigeria has reached an alarming level over time but it remain unabated either due to complacency or incapacitation of our security agencies which is odd to swallow considering the huge budget of the Country on Security. It will not be appropriate to allege Officers of Nigeria Police Force of compromise or gross incompetence but it should be appropriate to blame State Governors for our security flaws as Chief Security Officers that enjoys huge amounts as security votes with nothing significant to show.
It could be recalled that the spate of kidnapping reared its ugly head in Ekiti State recently but the Ekiti State Governor ordered a frontal manhunt against kidnappers in the State and it yielded immediate result but the preponderance rate of kidnapping in Ondo State requires serious explanations from the Governor of Ondo State as the Chief Security Officer of the State. Other States in the South West are not clearly exonerated from this menace but the consistent occurrence in Ondo State brings feelings of mischief or underhand deals by security operatives in the State.
It could be recalled that a Former Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Akure was recently declared kidnapped, only to be found dead later in a store in his residence, but before the discovery, what occurred as a household crime was blotted out of proportion. We have witnessed situations where security agencies released information on source of crimes only to make retractions after due investigations which spell mischief on their part.
I don’t want to believe our security agencies acts on speculative thinking as such negates expertise and diligence but the Ondo State Police Command has already alleged Fulani herdsmen as the kidnappers of Chief Olu Falale and we have to admit that until proved otherwise. There have been series of condemnations of Fulani herdsmen on this issue by people of diverse interest in the South West but I have not heard any attack against those responsible for security of lives and properties in Ondo State. A biological child of Chief Olu Falae, Late Deji Falae served in this present administration as a Commissioner which confirms the good relationship between Chief Olu Falae and Governor Mimiko.
Chief Olu Falae has regained his freedom from the abductors without any arrest made yet by the Security Agencies while identities of the kidnappers remain unknown with no apology rendered to the Fulani tribes maligned in the case. I don’t want to believe that some people are up to a mischief as an attempt to score political goals in the ongoing cold war between APC and PDP gladiators. I begin to wonder if the reported abduction was bait by the PDP to portray Federal Government in bad light based on attack on Mr President by PDP agents on the abduction as shown in their remarks.
In the battle for Presidency in 1999 Chief Olu Falae gained overwhelming support of the people of South West against Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the flag bearer of Alliance for Democracy alliance with All Peoples Party against Peoples Democratic Party. In real essence, Chief Olu Falae with his pedigree should earn respect among Yoruba people both old and young but this assertion is very doubtful as his recent political activities is not only self-serving but have no positive impact on the people of South West.
Without been immodest, I have not seen any effort from the Afenifere Group to assist the government in abating crimes in the South West but when a Chieftain became an abductor in the hands of yet to be proved kidnappers, members and loyalist raised their voices to condemn the crime but will not collaborate with the South West Governors to tackle problems confronting Yoruba people. Afenifere must be repositioned to guide and set directions for South West Governors and members but live above the party sentiments and ethnic jingoism at variance with Yoruba interest.
We must guide against the mischief of those people pitching Yoruba race against Fulani race in Nigeria, these agents of doom have been at work since the last general election under the coordination of some members of Afenifere Renewal Group and I am yet to understand what they stand to gain by their retrogressive actions, we must be very careful in handling racial issues in Yoruba land and avoid unnecessary frictions.
The circumstances surrounding the abduction and the release must be unraveled to offer clarity to the occurrence, else Ondo State Government owe the masses explanations on kidnapping in the State especially on ransom payments to the kidnappers. A beer parlor operator was reportedly murdered recently in Ondo State in the full glare of the public by an errant police officer, the government has not shown concern to the plight of her family after contradictory reports by eyewitnesses against the Ondo State Police Command.
The National Headquarters of Nigeria Police Force should be enjoined to launch deeper investigation into the kidnapping case of Chief Olu Falae and relay informed information to the public on the occurrence and charge all police formations to be very proactive in abating crimes in Nigeria. The life of every Nigerian is important and no life must be treated as less important as usually seen in calls to action by the elites when one of them become a victim of crimes they created with their greed and in the word on Nelson Mandela, when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
We must challenge governments at all levels to stop the act of aiding and abetting crimes for any purpose it serves to them but hold the life of every Nigeria as a sacred trust that must be protected. Enough of the denial of the masses the rights conferred on them by Nigeria Constitution and forbid lawlessness in Nigeria.
Comrade AbdulRahman Agboola
Mass Action for Good Governance and Grassroots Development in Nigeria