Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Review: Fighting Corruption is Dangerous by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.


Sometime in late April, 2018 I stumbled on a 2page extract of Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's (NOI) book on twitter and was absolutely stunned by its contents.

Ms. Ngozi, Nigeria's two-time minister of finance and former Managing Director of the World Bank in that extract had stated that Mr. Donald Duke, a "progressive" former governor of Cross-River State in South-South Nigeria, had called and visited her in Washington, trying to convince her not to accept serving in the newly elected government of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ).
I have put the extract that stunned me here but I immediately went on Amazon to order the book.

Page 17


In this book Ms. Ngozi or NOI as her initials spell, tries to inform her readers about happenings, achievements, corrupt practices and how it was curtailed; and relationships to other government personalities in and around government during her tenure from 2011 - 2015 as it relates to her office as Minister of Finance and Coordination Minister of the Economy.
Some have posited that she is only trying to launder her image seeing that general elections are slated for February 2019 and she could be considered by any of the foremost presidential candidates as a running mate others think she released the book so as to expose the current president and possibly damage his chances at re-election. Which is it really? That’s why I read the book and wrote this review.
Did NOI convince anyone that she wasn't corrupt and fought against corruption in this book?

NOI goes straight into the book talking about the two events that concern her personally borne out of how she carried out her job and affected her ability to do the job.
One was the kidnap of her mother on December 9, 2012 and the other was getting information that a meeting was held where it was agreed that she should be maimed so she would "leave office in a wheel chair". While she captured reader’s attention with these stories in the very first chapter, I believe she should have written the book in a certain chronological order as these events happened almost two years into her tenure.
I see that as trying to hold the reader’s attention as well as build sentiments around her so one would know how difficult it was to hold that office and the various threats faced. Not that any of it was a lie because it surely is very difficult to hold such an office in a country like Nigeria.

In Chapter two she writes about how she got recommended for the job and several attempts to discourage her from taking the job. It was such an extract of page seventeen where she described how Donald Duke called and visited her giving her "friendly advice" not to take the job that made me buy this book. Donald Duke's attempt to discourage and his half-witted response to NOI's book just show the reader that Nigeria's politics is about "self-interest" and NEVER about the country's development. I have inserted Donald Duke's response here as well. If Donald Duke's presidential ambition was figuratively already a teenager in the University, NOI's revelation sent it back to being a diaper-wearing 3-month old baby. He can as well just forget about it now. **laughs scornfully**
While it is funny now, the revelation wasn't funny to me at all when I first read it. I couldn't believe that Donald Duke was capable of that but I guess that explains the selfishness of Nigeria's politicians.

Duke's Response


The underlying reason why NOI's mum was kidnapped on that December morning is the main subject of chapter 3: Confronting the Oil Scammers.
In it she describes how funds were being looted by certain companies/individuals who submitted subsidy claims of petroleum products not imported or used in Nigeria but expected the government to pay. Her team audited the claims and discovered that only about 30% of them were genuine and so they suspended the payments which resulted to her mother's kidnap and threat to her life. In my opinion it is clear that NOI was trying to be thorough with her audit and also supported discussing the "subsidy removal" in town hall meetings around the country before its eventual removal.
She also revealed here how GEJ was "convinced/rail-roaded" to announce the removal on January 1, 2012 by Babangida Aliyu, the governor of Niger state.
She also talked about the circumstances that led to the CBN governor's outburst that $50billion was missing from Nigeria's oil accounts.
She painted a picture that she was already aware of missing monies and auditing/investigating it when the news broke out that Sanusi Lamido has leaked a letter he sent to the president concerning the missing funds. How does one confirm that was true? She sure was been very sleek in those pages.

NOI, in the chapter about Nigeria's twisted budget process, writes about how the corruption around allocating funds to projects from Ministries, Agencies and Department to collusion with members of the National Assembly who then arbitrarily add funds and projects to the budget which they then siphon through disbursements. This has even become more terrible in the last two years resulting in the "Budget Padding" scandal as well as causing serious delays in the passage of budgets. As I type this on May 22nd 2018, Nigeria's 2018 budget hasn't been passed or signed.

Nigeria has gained a reputation the world over for being the base of "African Princes" who try to scam foreigners out of their hard-earned cash but in Chapter five NOI describes several scams/proposals that came from foreign lands and persons abroad trying to hoodwink the government into one deal or another.
These deals would have been bad for Nigeria and increased her debt profile if not for her vigilance/expertise and the democratic nature of GEJ who always sought her opinion when such proposals are brought to him. This brings to mind the need to have very intelligent and smart people in the corridors of power or else ineffectual leaders with sign away the entire country and people will think they still have a country.

One particular one that struck me was one where the foreigners came with the chief of Naval Staff and their unbelievably juicy proposal for a dockyard for all our naval ships. Upon further scrutiny and interviews it was all hogwash. So I ask myself, was the Naval Boss in on the scam from the get go or he himself just almost fell for it. Well the same naval boss was later arrested for misappropriation of funds with billions found in several of his bank accounts. My people, Ngozi was very 'woke'. She really helped to mitigate the scams that would have flown past GEJ's desk.

She then went on write about "Ghost Workers, Ghost Pensioners" within government payables and how she eliminated several during her first outing and now again during GEJ's government. As I read, all I could think of was that this "Ghost Worker" industry is probably the largest employer of labour in Nigeria. She wrote on the various resistances to her reforms and how she was only able to achieve deploying technology to stem all these due to the backing she got from the president.

As a female, Ngozi faced the challenge of being disrespected by several top politicians and presidential aides because of her gender. Some were even more envious just because she was named as 'Coordinating Minister of the Economy'. She writes about this and describes verbal assaults on her by the uncouth Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola and the pint-sized Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole, who particularly started verbal attacks in the media against her person just because she refused to give her backing to loans he wanted. These loans would have further impoverished their states especially with their inability to pay.

Finally, this excerpt of the last chapter of the book gives a good idea of the circumstances just before GEJ called and congratulated PMB even before the results had been completely announced.

Page 127


The book is actually an eye opener on the inner workings of high levels of government and the high-wire politics that come with it. I believe it serves two purposes for her, which is to launder her image and nail the coffin of other politician’s ambitions, something I believe would have appalled her seeing that she knew the characters very well. She convinced me that she is smart, intelligent, and incorruptible and loves Nigeria. The book also does nothing to dent PMB's re-election chances as she didn’t knock the sitting government in anyway. It is quite objective in its language and delivery.

I will score the book a 7 over 10 overall and I recommend that young aspiring politicians and everyone interested in our National development read it to learn how to navigate their ways past corrupt bureaucracy and vested interests. It serves as encouragement as well to those who hold office to stand their ground against all corrupt odds.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA.
Reviewed by:
Ukpetenan Frank Obehi


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SPORTS AND NIGERIA'S BOUNDLESS OPPORTUNITIES

On Sunday 5th June, 2016, I and a few friends [L-R: Nosa Ogbemudia, Dipo Adesina, Ahmed Saliu and myself] went to the Liberation Stadium in Port-Harcourt to watch the NPFL match between Rivers United of Port-Harcourt and Lobi Stars of Makurdi. The game ended with the home team winning by a lone goal.



It was my first time watching a live NPFL match at a stadium so during the match and on the way back home my mind was restless with thoughts of the numerous opportunities having a very functional and properly-run Nigeria would bring to its teeming population.


Thoughts of how teams could and would perform better and be properly funded if sponsorship and advertisement were gotten right crossed my mind. I thought about how each team in the NPFL could have really robust football academies, giving young and vulnerable teenagers the opportunity to channel their talents before they’re caught between joining Boko Haram, MEND or Niger Delta Avengers.


My mind also dwelt on transportation and how with a good and solid road, air and train network around Nigeria, fans could travel with their teams to watch, support and cheer them. Coincidentally, the Rivers United side was billed to play against Enyimba FC of Aba at mid-week but unfortunately, that PH-Aba road is so bad that a journey of 30mins would take 2hrs to complete. Now imagine the road was fantastic or the train really functional; I would close from work at 4pm quickly hop on the train to Aba, watch my ‘newly-beloved’ Rivers United and return home to my wife and daughter in PH before 7pm, like it’s NOTHING!

During the game at the stadium, a player from Rivers United took a knock on the head which had to be bandaged. While there was a stand-by ambulance with Rivers Government House inscription at the stadium, I began to imagine the opportunities for numerous first-aiders, nurses and doctors all over the country during periods when the NPFL would be ongoing and even much later after matches.

Lo, I even dreamt about sports medicine and research centers for sports related medical issues after all it was a Nigerian Doctor, Bennet Omalu who was the first to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) by examining American football players NFL. Now imagine that doctor didn’t have to travel out of Nigeria and utilizes his skills to bring about such discoveries and their solutions here in this our land!

I didn’t stop dreaming.

The stadium was half-full but I imagined what a full stadium would mean in terms of increased trade after matches have been properly advertised and security of attendees assured. The gate takings would sky-rocket and the facility managers would generate more money by leasing out spaces for shops and other activities within the complex.


The opportunities that abound only in sports are even beyond my imagination but ultimately I thought about the urgent need for Nigeria to wake up and make sure these opportunities don’t go to waste and are properly harnessed by putting in place the right environment.

It brought me back to our political leadership and how they all need to realize that putting these infrastructure in place: ROADS, AIRPORTS, TRAINS and POWER, would create more prosperity for the people thereby increasing opportunity again for increased tax revenues and even slightly more money for ‘stealing’ and diversion later, if that happens to be their calling. Basically, the more infrastructure, the more opportunities the people can create, the better prosperous they become and the more tax revenues government is able to accrue and make available to do MORE.

Having lived a greater part of my life in Warri, Delta state, I would use the government of James Ibori as an example because I find a similarity of ideas. Now, as governor of oil-rich Delta state, James Ibori, created so much opportunities for the state to develop with roads, schools and other projects. He empowered so many people, old and young with contracts and jobs such that till today he is seen as god-sent. Albeit, we all didn’t know that he was stealing so much too because we were blinded by the opportunities he was creating until he was arrested tried and convicted.

The same cannot be said of the government of his cousin that came after him. That government held on to most of the money claiming to be paying off debts incurred by Ibori, while creating opportunities for only very few people. If Ibori didn’t default on the loans he may have taken to execute those projects why not continue on that path and then the sustained and increased prosperity of the populace would generate more tax revenues to meet up with loan and interest repayments over time.

Back to the football match at the Liberation Stadium which brought about all this thinking; the stadium wasn’t looking it’s best but any effort to refurbish it by government would probably be priced at five times the ‘real’ cost, which will set the stage for waste and continued corruption down the chain to even the football kits that have to be replaced.

In conclusion, we see that the Nigerian politician is so selfish and greedy not realizing that his ability to delay gratification while actually doing the right things and putting the appropriate infrastructure in place would result to increased prosperity for ALL thereby making more money and power available to him to continue to dispense with as he/she pleases.

This is the school of thought we need to convince our politicians to move to, that a more prosperous population would ultimately translate to a wealthier and more powerful him. We need to teach our politicians and in fact teach ALL NIGERIANS that when we create opportunities for others to be prosperous we are actually creating opportunities for ourselves to become wealthier, happier and at peace with our environment.

I will continue to dream of a Nigeria where prosperity for ALL is possible because it truly is.

God Bless Nigeria....

Monday, July 29, 2013

Rivers crisis: The Nigerian police and professionalism


Mbu Joseph Mbu




Nigeria has experienced a lot of bad times and seasons but one perpetually bad season she has continued to experience is called the Nigerian Police Force. While I would love to include all the Nigerian security/intelligence forces in this bad season category it would be a good start point to just consider the police force as one bad season too many and I would stick with writing about them.
The conflicting roles played by police officers attached to different characters during the day of the Rivers State House of Assembly mayhem is very telling and instructive of the lessons that should be learnt and taught to the police hierarchy.
In the video in which Chidi Llyod was seen “macing” a colleague, I saw a police officer join his SSS colleagues (guys with belted guns) beat up a lawmaker within the chambers of the RSHA and in another video you could see a mobile police officer accompany Evans Bipi and was basically assisting Evans and his thugs seeking to gain entry into the chambers.
In the first case I was shocked beyond words to see a policeman beat up a lawmaker. While assault and battery should be a crime, it becomes even more insane when the individual who should enforce that law preventing indiscriminate assault and battery and possibly broker peace take sides and unleash the same crime on a properly elected official of the state, a LAWMAKER!
In the second instance, the mobile policeman that accompanied Evans Bipi and his thugs was trying to assist them gain entry into the chambers of the RSHA. He was even being advised by his colleagues guarding the doors to back down and behave professionally but he would have none of it.
Those scenes tell tales of how unprofessional the Nigerian Police Force have become and the need to quickly nip this unprofessionalism in the bud. The willingness of members of the police force to do the bidding of their immediate benefactors has become too easy and to think they do it without shame is very worrisome.
Moving around Nigeria, you will observe how the mobile police unit of the NPF has become the private security of individuals, banks and other private institutions. As a Port-Harcourt resident, you see them minute-by-minute blaring sirens and flouting the state’s traffic laws as they create routes in traffic while guarding foreign nationals. One 4WD vehicle carrying an expatriate could have as many as eight (8) mobile policemen in two (2) pick-up trucks guarding him/her. Matter of factly, I now regard the mobile police force as the commercialized part of the force generating revenue for the pockets of the various Ogas At The Top.
The speeches, actions and inactions of both the Rivers State commissioner of police and the IG also speaks volumes of where allegiance lie and path they would kow-tow  in a bid to perform their duties going forward.
I once read a Jeffrey Archer novel where the US attorney-general through the FBI was investigating the presidency for a murder and preparing charges to arrest the president before a breakthrough in the case revealed the Chief of Staff as the prime suspect who was then indicted and arrested. Here in Nigeria the body language of the presidency is one of “Above-the-Law”. You are seemingly untouchable once you get a presidential appointment.
Have you ever seen the NPF comb a crime scene for clues and evidence or even do something close to that like it is done in western movies? Here in Nigeria, the police appear hours or even days after the crime and then arrest anyone and everyone in sight so as reap bail money from them and their families. It is fantasy to ask for presidential investigation or that the police comb a crime scene properly in Nigeria because the mind can only conceive that in an environment where it is closely possible.
The other day it was revealed how decrepit and run-down the Ikeja Police Training College had become but instead of investigating how the funds for maintaining the institution was mis-managed and mis-appropriated, how the place for training criminal-catchers had become worse than where criminals are punished, the government (through the president for that matter) came out defending the police hierarchy and blamed the opposition for the revelation. That just trivialised the issues and showed us government-police relationship already skewed to ensure that the police doesn’t work independently, sincerely and with integrity.
In light of our “nascent” democracy and civilian rule what efforts have been made to ensure that members of the police force are trained on how to respect the rights and priviledges of civilian members of the society to whom they owe a duty of protection? Do Nigerian police officers and men know their responsibilities before and during elections and through the period of our democratic practice? Are they fully aware of the position they hold in society and need to be apolitical and unbiased when carrying-out these responsities? The response to these questions will be in the negative when you consider the examples of the two police officers described earlier as well as their bosses, the Rivers CP and the IG.
This sorry state of the Nigerian Police Force should be a serious bother to all well-meaning Nigerians who want to see a new, prosperous and truly democratic Nigeria. We can go no-where with this swinging, biased, ill-trained and un-professional police force.
A radical change needs to birth in the Nigerian Police Force and quickly too.

Monday, February 11, 2013

When N18 million goes missing, who will police the police?

 
 
 
Some of the major bedrocks of any sane society are properly thought-ou laws and the ability to enforce and uphold those laws. Many times, it is the responsibility of an impartial police force to enforce the laws.
 
Haven said that, whose responsibility is it to monitor the law enforcers and guide those who implement the law? I mean, who will police the police?
 
The importance of this question will be evident following this true life story you are about to read.
 
It was Tuesday the 14th of April, 2009, we had just resumed from the Easter holiday weekend and I was “Head Teller” at the bank in Afikpo, Ebonyi state where I worked at the time. The Head Teller held the vault keys, had responsibility for managing the bank’s vault position during the period and the position was usually rotated forth-nightly among all four tellers in the bank.
 
In that season, banks in Ebonyi state had been under attack from armed robbers and the state governor was paying deaf ears to repeated pleas by the bank managers for a “joint patrol” kind of policing within the state. So being the head teller and with knowledge of the fragile security situation I did my job with great fear hoping the fears do not materialise.
 
Alas, at about 12.30pm we started hearing gunshots outside and we immediately realised that we were under attack with our branch as the target. All the staff and customers downstairs ran into the bulk room which had “bullet-proof” doors. The Head of Operations (H.O.P) remained in her office, under the table out of shock.
 
After about 20mins of shooting, using dynamites on the electronic entry/exit doors, the robbers gained entry into the banking hall. They had overpowered the 5 mobile policemen we usually hired at fifty thousand naira weekly to guard our premises.
 
The robbers seized the H.O.P and at gun point she asked us to open the bulk room doors, which the cash officer (C.O) hurriedly did while shouting and crying “please don’t shoot, please don’t shoot”.
 
The robbers entered the bulk room and immediately demanded for the keys to the vault. Lying down, face-down, eyes closed, I pointed at the keys I had thrown towards the door when we ran into the bulk room when the shooting started. I was slapped and asked to pick it up and with pains and head bowed, I picked up the keys and was led, alongside the H.O.P and C.O to the vault room.
 
In the vault room, as we carefully and hurriedly opened the safes, I was hit with a long rechargeable lamp that we usually used for lighting within the vault, and asked to put the money in the very large “Ghana-must-go” bag the robbers had brought in with them. (After the robbery, the money was determined to be N18million).
 
We (me, the H.O.P and C.O) quietly emptied our safes into the bag and then all of a sudden the two guys who had led us to the vault, pointed at me, the only male of the group to carry the bag for them. I was terrified but with tears rolling down my face and Psalm 91 reciting in my head, I complied and carried the extremely heavy bag.
 
One of the robbers, with his AK-47 rifle pointed at me, led me out to the parked bus in front of the bank, which the robbers arrived with. From the two robbers that came into the bulk room and led us to the vault, to others in the banking hall and more outside, I had counted about 10 to 12 robbers.
 
After dropping the bag of money in the bus I was led back into the vault by the same guy that led me out and this time he was shouting, “Where the 2nd vault? Where the 2nd vault? I will kill you all now.”
 
We replied that he had taken everything we had and there was no 2nd vault, pleading with him to spare our lives. He asked us to lie down and go nowhere and then he left. We could hear them shouting codes and driving off in their bus a little while after.
 
During the 30 to 45 minutes that the robbery lasted, the police did not come close to our premises neither did we hear sirens to signify their arrival. Although unknown to us and the robbers, the police had laid ambush along the exit road out of town through which the robbers would drive. The police ambush was successful and they gunned down the driver of the bus and vehicle somersaulted severally.
 
The police were then able to capture the rest of the robbers following which we were invited to come and identify them. My branch manager and the H.O.P ( I was still in shock) went to identify them. All this happened within a period of 30 – 45minutes after the robbery. The robbers that didn’t die from the police shoot-out and identified by the H.O.P were killed right there and then in front of her.
 
Then the shocker: The police claimed that one of the robbers ran away with the bag of money. (How does one individual run with a bag of money I found really difficult to carry?)
 
A lady, said to have held their charms and reciting incantations while the robbery was on-going was kept alive as the bodies were tossed onto a Toyota Hilux van and conveyed to the state capital, Abakaliki, that evening.
 
The bank, without making any effort to have its staff treated for trauma, sent in auditors from Enugu, the regional headquarters, to come and scrutinize the books ensuring more stealing did not happen within. They also sent contractors to immediately come and start the process of renovating the premises.
 
Two days later, as I was watching the 7pm state TV news, the robbery incident was on the news and the state Commissioner of Police (CP) was parading the “charms lady” and weapons used. He said most of the robbers were killed in a gun duel with the police and that only Six thousand, four hundred and forty naira (N6,440.00) was recovered! Yes, you read that right. Only 6,440naira was recovered of the 18million naira I had been forced to carry to the waiting bus. I was flabbergasted!
 
On the Friday morning following the Tuesday robbery, we (me, the H.O.P, the C.O and I.T staff) were invited to report to the state C.I.D headquarters before 7am. There we were kept in an office and asked to write statements upon statements (I wrote 5 statements) which the officers came in to collect, read and tear before asking us to write another.
 
We remained there writing statements without food or water until at about 6pm when they said they would detain the I.T staff while the rest of us could go home. The I.T staff was locked up all through the weekend up until Tuesday the following week when his family came to bail him.
 
After I returned home and analyzed the entire situation while the bank renovation was on-going, I realised that we were not safe. We were the targets of both the armed robbers and the police who could have sent them for all I care. I resigned about 3 weeks after that incident just as the renovation was being completed.
 
This event, in which luckily no innocent customer or by-stander was killed, brings to mind a million and one pertinent questions:
 
a) How did the robbers get the kind of guns they possessed and used in the operation? Could it be the police that rented it to them?
 
b) Who should ensure that the police are well kitted and able to withstand such attacks such that the 5 mobile policemen in our premises wouldn’t have to run away?
 
c) How possible is it really, that only one robber ran away with such a big bag of money I found very difficult to carry?
 
d) Why did the police kill all the robbers they had captured if they didn’t have anything to hide, in terms of the missing money and weapons used?
 
e) Is it possible that the C.P was complicit in the disappearance of the money (18million is no small change) haven been given his share?
 
f) How come nobody within the police force (A.I.G etc) bothered to further investigate the disappearance of the money and why the robbers were killed?
 
g) Basically, who will police the Nigerian Police Force to ensure this kind of incidences don’t happen?
 
To this day, I get jittery whenever I have to spend more that 5minutes in the banking hall and would not wish that experience on anyone.
 
In light of the present revelations of the state of the Police Training Colleges, we all should know that Nigeria cannot be great with this kind of police force. The Inspector-General, Mohammed Abubakar, as well as the entire police leadership have their work cut out for them.
 
Whether they recognise the enormous task they have to accomplish or have the ability to perform beyond our expectations is a subject for another day. For now, we would keep watching and give them the benefit of doubt.
 
 
Ukpetenan Frank Obehi

Saturday, January 26, 2013

THE NIGERIAN POLLUTED FORCE

Long before any Nigerian of my generation (the UP NEPA generation) knew how to define corruption, we could describe it.
Any road junction having 4 – 5 policemen doing some kind of revenue collection was the perfect way to explain corruption – Egunje collection.
Over the years the Nigerian Police Force has so epitomized corruption that the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti described a police station as a bank, with the Divisional Police Officer (D.P.O) as bank manager. In Fela’s thinking, which I subscribe to, the police station had perfected the act of marketing corruption, setting targets for the corrupt marketers (police officers) and actually deriving revenue from their activities both within and outside the police station. They had police tellers, police note-counters and police funds transfer officers processing the daily cash proceeds, declaring profits and daily take-home pay.
It was like a true breath of fresh air when the current Inspector-General of police, Mohammed Abubakar, ordered a ban police road blocks and released phone numbers which members of the public could call to report any flouting of his orders. He had done the miraculous. In Warri and PH, cities I’m familiar with, crime actually reduced after this ban. My thinking is since police officers did not have need for weapons outside the station, there was scarcity of weapons for them or the so-called actual criminals to perpetuate crime with.
Unfortunately that singular act would not and cannot rid the NPF of corruption as the rotten eggs within a system the IG is still very much part of, still holds sway.
The Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole, had during a recent police launching in Abuja, which had the vice-president in attendance, made some allegations which he backed with reason and a threat to release documents if his allegations were not taken seriously. He accused the Deputy Inspector General of police put in-charge of investigations into the murder of his Principal Private Assistant, Olaitan Oyerinde, of complicity and deliberately bungling the investigation. Oshiomole had categorically accused the D.I.G of being too lazy to do his job.
He stated that the D.I.G had paraded a gun already in police custody as the murder weapon, paraded already incarcerated “criminals” as being responsible for the murder as well as wrongly arresting Olaitan’s friend, Rev David Ugolor, the last outsider to see Olaitan alive.
The IG, in his reckless and “un-police-manly” response, stood reason on the head and betrayed his profession by saying the governor didn’t know what he was talking about. He further said the NPF would respond to the governor at the appropriate time.
That was the most stupid thing any police man could do. The IG as head of the police force should know better than to trivialize allegations. He really should have just shut his mouth if he had nothing better to say than to so blatantly rubbish a weighty allegation made by a sitting governor. He should have listened properly to the governor and then re-opened the investigation, putting it in the hands of a more competent and trusted lieutenant.
The IG basically killed the case and emboldened his ineffective subordinates involved in that investigation to believe they didn’t need to be afraid or do any more work. The governor’s allegations would no longer hold water after their overall boss had carelessly trounced it. The IG was absolutely wrong to have made that statement without first, as a police officer, considering all the facts or heresy that the governor was speaking.
I make bold to say that this IG is and will be no different from his predecessors. I wouldn't be surprised if in no distant time we start hearing stories of his own corruption, mis-appropriation of funds and reckless abuse of power. He is part of and sits atop a system that has so marketed corruption hence his only response was to save his lazy non-performing lieutenants.
The IG would only save face and prove me and the numerous others watching his actions and reactions wrong by re-opening the Olaitan murder case, doing a proper investigation and for once give the police a good name. There is very little time but I want to believe Mohammed Abubakar, the Inspector General of police would cease to bring me shame.

Ukpetenan Frank Obehi