Welcome to the month of April! Fourth month of the year 2012; that you’re here reading this is proof of God’s faithfulness, the miracle of yet another day!! Whoop!
April is a special month for me for many reasons; it’s my only sister’s birth month (happy birthday 19 days in advance Dokky), it’s the month before my birth month (start getting those pressies ready), and four’s a nice number (for lack of anything else to say)!
Wasn’t very happy yesterday though, and I’ll tell you in a minute. Earlier in the day I read an article by Chris Ihidero (my big uncle in this profession), where he all but washed himself clean of all the optimism he’s ever had for Nigeria. Titled, ‘why Nigeria won’t be great anytime soon’, this first part focused on the shameful state of the Nigerian Police Force; our so-called claim to security.
Now, even though I agreed 110% with everything he said, I’m a big (maybe even bigger optimist) so I thought, ‘Nigeria will still be great jor, and soon’! Little did I know I would eat my words before the end of the day!
About noon a friend got in touch to say his sister had been abducted the night before. She was forced into and then driven away in her own car by a bunch of hoodlums in one of the states of Nigeria.
That was the evening of Friday the 30th, Saturday the 31st her car was found outside a lounge in another part of the town. Amongst other things found in the car were shoes (not belonging to her), and blood (not belonging to her too in Jesus name)!
The Police were notified. They dropped by the house on Saturday and in my opinion that’s as ‘useful’ as they’ve been.
To the part that made my blood boil (and almost curdle). After they were informed her car had been found, they asked HER BROTHER to tow the car to their station.
Did I mention they would only declare her missing after 24 hours? ‘Standard procedure’, they said.
Run through these scenarios with me; there are witnesses to her violent abduction, you’ve found her car and you still need 24 hours to declare her missing? What other evidence do you need in the name of everything pure? A ‘go-ahead’ note from her captors? Or for goats and chickens on the street to tell you they witnessed it as well, since you don’t believe the human beings or no one has the presence of mind to adapt rules to peculiar situations!! Jeez!!!
Then, whatever happened to protecting the sanctity of a crime scene? And then, her brother (who is obviously distraught and traumatized by his sisters’ disappearance) should bring the car to the station? For what!!! The car should just be towed to the station for you to impound so you can charge for its release later right?
In these days of Boko Haram (which in your extreme usefulness/intelligence you have been unable to quash), no one gave a thought to checking to see if the car had been rigged with explosives? Noooooooooo. Yet you’re happy to cause traffic with the laughable mirrors you stick under cars of hapless human beings going to the cinema in the name of ‘searching for bombs’.
I’m so angry! Maybe because this hit close to home, or maybe because it’s dawning on me that WE ARE NOT SECURE!
We have prayed, gotten in touch with the SSS and all our ‘big friends’ in the Police Force to get on it (because of course your case only gets attention if you know ‘someone’). When I think however that it is these half-baked (or raw), under-paid, ill-equipped minions who’ll be charged with expediting action on this matter, I realize that our only hope is in God.
Please say a prayer for her.
- Nigeria U.N. office hit by massive bomb (cbsnews.com)
- Police capture dozens of inmates freed by gunmen in Nigeria (cnn.com)
- Nigeria city on edge after deadly attacks (edition.cnn.com)
- 1 Killed by Sect in North Nigeria Police Attack (abcnews.go.com)