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The Police force keeps failing us

18 October 2012, 11:58

I almost blanked out when I read that the Inspector General of Police finally admitted police ran away from the University of Port Harcourt students’ killing popularly known as ALUU4. I must commend the I.G for coming out to issue this statement and clearing the grey hair as regards the sighted police van as claimed by the sister of one of the victims. He has done what most people in such hierarchy find difficult doing over the years: Admitting failure.

This of course that doesn’t take away the fact that I am totally ashamed the ones who have been empowered to ensure my life, your life and the security of we all are guaranteed have continually proven to us that they truly can do next to nothing in ensuring my safety and yours. The things I can beat my chest in confidence of them being capable of are: Killing either by stray bullet or deliberate attempt, bribery, harassment of innocent citizens, all sorts of controversies and what have you. I have heard of cases where policemen connived to rob passengers before killing them and setting the bus ablaze, so you can tell to a large extent that they are better off at ensuring chaos than restoring law and order. Of course, this ALUU4 case further strengthens my point.

It is really saddening to hear that policemen ran away from the ALUU4 lynching only for us to read few days later in the dallies and social media that a stray bullet from police assigned to the Federal Capital Territory Authority killed a 20year old sales girl during the demolition exercise at Apo, Abuja. What depressing news! A moment they cannot save four young men from the violent crowd who eventually snuffed life out of them and the next moment, you hear that they are still killing us. Why are they compounding issues instead of resolving them? Are they not aware of an adage that says “The god who cannot save me should leave me just the way I am”? A big shame I must say!

In reality, this is why some people have decided to take laws into their hands. They have completely lost faith in a system that cannot deliver justice to the poor, a system that will rather oppress than salvage, a system where lives and security cannot be protected by the ones being armed to do so. They have seen countless examples which have proven to them beyond reasonable doubt that they just have to do it all by themselves.

What bewilders me is the countless times that we have heard the police were called on emergencies but will rather give excuses ranging from flat tyres, inadequate bullets to being immobile and you wonder if they are just there to add to the commotion rather than ensure law and order.

Analysing the ALUU4 mob versus police, the police running away from the crowd speaks volumes about what has become of the police force. Thought they went through the police training college and have been adequately trained cum armed for the purpose of instilling law and order. I believe it was even possible for them to radio and get some help in terms of reinforcement if they were really keen on salvaging the situation. Would the police have put up the same lackadaisical attitude after being ‘chased away’ by the mob if one of the victims happened to be the son of one of them? Did they for once forget that these were other people’s children who they had the opportunity of saving?

Let’s call a spade a spade.....The police has failed us and we can’t see any respite coming soon!

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