Constitution (as amended), and the Police Act, is to protect lives and
property. As a security apparatus, in carrying out its function,it
must observe due diligence, and its actions must be done with utmost
good faith, thereby according fair and impartial treatment to all Nigerian
citizens. This is because, the Police Force is an agent of government – and under the Social
Contract doctrine of State, in which man pledged his allegiance to government in
exchange for SECURITY – is obligated to protect every Nigerian.
Recently, following the retirement of Mr. M.D. Abubakar as the Inspector
General, luck and nature smiled at Mr. Abbah Esq. A lawyer and low
ranking Assistant Inspector General, Mr. Abbah Esq. was promoted and recommended by the Police Service
Commission to President Jonathan, who appointed him as acting Inspector General of Police, subject
to Senate confirmation of his appointment as substantive Inspector General of Police. He took
oath of office in accordance with the spirit of constitution, but his
recent flagrant violations of the same constitution he swore to obey
now brings his integrity to question. Following his recent utterances and those
of his subordinates, I doubt if he is a public servant to the letter.
lot of things in common especially when it comes to human right
violations and extra judicial killing. I recently read the comments
accredited to Prof. Odina Kalu of Nigeria Human Rights Commission over
the rate of extra judicial killings in Nigeria. (Tufiakwa! The land is
soiled with innocent bloods.) But, that’s by the way! My primary purpose
of authoring this piece is to state my humble opinion concerning the
way the Inspector General of Police is running the affairs of the police to the benefit of the ruling
party. I call them PDP police ( writer’s licence).
As a child, I was taught that Black represent’s evil and devil – in
elementary Christian faith class – but, coincidentally, that’s the uniform
of our police. Will I, then, be right to say that their uniform controls
their modus operandi? Certainly, I asked a rhetorical
question, with great elements of truth.
A fortnight ago, the learned Inspector General of Police, Mr. Abbah Esq., directed his men to block
the entrance of National Assembly. The reason being that an
intelligence report indicated that one Alhaji. Tambuwal , along with his “thugs”
was to invade the premises of the National Assembly. Who is this Tambuwal, you ask? Is he the
hurricane? Why are “they” afraid of this (gentle)man?
Alhaji. Tambuwal is the 4th most powerful man
in Nigeria, by virtue of his office as Speaker of the House of
Representatives. But, the big question now is whether the actions of the Inspector General of Police
is right? But let me ask oh….Can the Inspector General of Police prevent Mr. President from
entering his office, because of an intelligence report? No. Then, what was the
crime of Alhaji. Tambuwal? He switched to the opposition political party, and the Inspector General of Police
declared his position vacant. In the words of former President Obasanjo, “I dey laugh o”
That blockage is an aberration to the democratic principle of Separation
of Powers. I am sure the spirit of Prof. A.V Dicey must feel pretty battered now.
I expected the Inspector General of Police to apologize to Nigerians, and, gracefully, resign . Chekwaru oh!
What is the justification of the Police in throwing teargas at the unarmed
legislators? The same way our foremost radical Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo (of blessed memory) was
killed in Kano during the ANPP presidential campaign, in 2002. Are they looking
for another casualty, a convenient fatality?
T.M Ozioko Esq. is a lawyer, who likes to think of himself as a socialist, progressive democrat, with a keen sense of fairness.