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The plague called “Unknown Gunmen”

05 October 2012, 11:12

For once, Marilyn Ogar should on behalf of the Nigerian Intelligence Department tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians as the security system have failed us and keeps failing us. The reason for this failure is not farfetched at all; When Men and women who ordinarily should be passionate about protecting citizens have become consumed with the zeal to make money, then you should expect a boomerang as what portrays today with different degree of crimes being perpetrated and the culprits getting away with their heinous crimes.

What is really unfortunate is that those at the receiving end of this compromise are not the children of the culprits but I must say that it is only a matter of time before the stones they are throwing break their own glass houses.

Once again, news staring us in the eye is that no fewer than fort eight{48} young Nigerians were brutally sent to untimely graves when unknown gunmen attacked their various campuses in Mubi, Adamawa  State after mid-night. These students are from The Federal Polytechnnic, Adamawa State University and the School of Health Technology all in Mubi town.

Though attack might not be unconnected with the activities of the terrorist group operating in the Northern part of Nigeria, who have never for once hidden their hatred for Western Education but the fact that the attackers were said to have been calling out the names of their victim before shooting them point blank leaves more to be imagined. Aside from the callousness of these hearts, my curiosity is aroused as to how these attackers could have known the names of victims they were meant to shoot if indeed they belonged to the terrorist group mentioned above.

This and many more incidences keep exposing how vulnerable citizens of this country have become courtesy of the loopholes in our security system. I wonder how many years it will take us to put effective measures meant to checkmate criminal activities in place. Why do we keep mortgaging the lives of patriotic citizens for monetary gains? For how long are we going to keep ourselves in a web we have craftily woven for ourselves?

I for one do not have to be an intelligence expert to know how a serious minded security system should be coordinated for effectiveness. What short code toll free lines are dedicated to emergency calls? How many times do citizens get oriented about what to do in case of security challenges? What is the time frame between the time a distress call is made and the time help comes? How many States of the Federation can boast of using their security funds to ensure their intelligence department is second to none?

They all make it seem like it is some rocket science when in the actual sense a working system, men of integrity, well trained and dedicated personnel are what we need to ensure the safety and security of citizens. Then to add insult to the injury, they will come out to tell us that they are on top of the situation....Joke of the year I call it!

Indeed if they are on top of these endless “Unknown gunmen” issues, the said gunmen wouldn’t have killed up to half a dozen before succour arrives. Trust as usual, no one will resign and heads will not roll: All because we have gotten so used to lives being worthless to us. For the records, this particular government have issued the highest number of condolence in the history Nigeria... Very sad reality!

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