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“We remain loyal,” Kano residents, traditional rulers reassure Emir Sanusi as he returns from Saudi Arabia

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi of Kano was treated to a cheerful welcome by residents and traditional rulers during his arrival at the Aminu Kano International Airport on Sunday evening. Sanusi had been on lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia, while Governor Abdullahi Ganduje split the Kano emirate into five. The Kano house of assembly transmitted the bill to […]

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Kano records crime-free sallah

Ted Odogwu, Kano Kano State, on Wednesday, witnessed a hitch-free Sallah celebrations, as Eid el-Fitr prayers, which signals the end of Ramadan were peacefully conducted in all Eid prayer grounds in the state. The Eid el-Fitr prayers, which were conducted at about 9:am at Kofar Mata mosque, where the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammadu Sanusi II […]

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Ese Oruru, the Babington Kidnap and the Mile 12 Riot, All Point to One Thing

In August of 2015, Ese Oruru a 14 year old girl from Bayelsa state was kidnapped by 25 year old Kano native Yunusa Dahiru, who took Ese to Kano State, forcefully married her and converted her to Islam. When Ese was abducted, her parents reported the incident to the Yenagoa, Bayelsa police but nothing was done for over 7 months. Apparently, when the Inspector General of Police was told about this issue, he was said to have responded that “I can’t free Ese without Emir Sanusi’s help”. Late February 2016, a major newspaper publication sprawled this incident on their front page and “named names”, and within a matter of days, Ese was reunited with her mother and Yunusa was incarcerated. In Lagos state, school children from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary were studying for upcoming exams, when at about 8pm on Monday 29th February, about 12 gunmen stormed the school and abducted 3 girls. The gunmen demanded a ransom for the release of the girls. The incident garnered national outcry and it wasn’t long before the Nigerian Police along with other security agencies mobilized, joined forces and did whatever it took to secure the release of the school girls. The joint security teams went out and gathered information from everyone in the area. They were able to figure out which general direction the abductors went, they found the individual who registered the phones the kidnappers were using for negotiations. They traced the family members of the kidnappers and used them to coerce the abductors to release the girls. Security operatives carried out round the clock surveillance and took notice of an individual who was purchasing bulk food and heading towards the ‘area of interest’. Security operatives swooped in on him and he started talking. Within less than a week, the abducted girls were rescued. One troubling news article however mentioned that this was not the first time the school premises had been breached. One of the apprehended gunmen stated that the group had previously attempted a kidnap in that same school but were unsuccessful when the girl they caught managed to escape. The abductors left, “went back to the drawing board”, devised and carried out a more successful kidnap plan. On Tuesday 1 March 2016, a Hausa Okada rider (motorcyclist) was breaking the law riding against traffic and allegedly knocked down a pregnant woman along Agiliti road in Mile 12, Lagos state. A group of Yoruba individuals in the area, confronted the Okada rider and a violent argument broke out. Two days later, the Okada rider succumbed to wounds he incurred as a result of that argument and an angry Hausa mob decided to avenge his death by attacking the neighborhood. This ethnic clash led to the death of over 10 people, vehicles and houses were razed to the ground, a school was also burned down, two children decapitated and another child was kidnapped. The police and military were eventually called in to restore peace and bring order back to the area. “The above incidences occurred all within the same week and they all bore the mark of a never ending trend in the Nigerian security sector; the all too familiar trend of a reactionary force”. The Reaction Mindset Imagine if the Nigerian airport authorities stated that it would not carry out passenger security check until an incident actually occurs. As absurd as that sounds, that is precisely how the security forces in the country operate. Things have to get to an “embarrassing enough” level before a crackdown occurs. When a guy with a wheelbarrow of trash starts dumping his garbage on the side of the road, nobody really complains or stops him. It is not until there is a heap of garbage on the side of the road obstructing traffic and chocking pedestrians with its putrid smell that action is taken. When Boko Haram started as a spit fire anti-government group, nothing was done about them until they started attacking security operatives. When the Chibok girls were kidnapped, nothing happened until there was global outcry. When gunmen first gained entrance to the Seminary school, nothing was done until they attacked for a second time and successfully abducted school girls. When Ese’s parents reported the situation to the authorities, nothing was done until leaders were called out on the front page of a national newspaper. When the Mile 12 Okada rider was riding against traffic and area boys were taking matters into their own hands, no legitimate law enforcement took action until buildings had been razed and lives were lost. Why a Reaction Force One of the reasons the Nigerian Police takes a more reaction stance is the fact that the Force is thinly stretched, thus they have to reserve their resources for actual deadly emergencies. In other words, lower priority is given to non-fatal incidents. For instance, Eko Electricity Distribution has repeatedly lamented that the recent increase in power outages are due to a drop in the national generation level as a result of incessant acts of vandalism on gas pipelines and transmission towers. The Nigerian Communications Commission has also complained that their “Fibre optics cables keep getting vandalized by miscreants, which in turn disrupts communications to huge population centres.” When NCC requested that the police help protect the telecoms infrastructure, the IGP explained that “Our numeric strength is not enough to police the country’s security space. We are just 317,000 officers and there is no way we can be everywhere.” This is the reason why community policing is being increasingly encouraged. The police has hotlines that citizens can call and report any criminal activity. The effectiveness of this across the country is however questioned as incidents such as the herdsmen attack in Agatu occurred despite the fact that the security agencies were called for protection almost 200 people had been slaughtered before the police showed up. It is therefore clear that that the Nigerian law enforcement is dealing with more systemic issues. The fate of the Okada The Mile

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