Se­cu­rity and the jail­break spin

Daily Trust - - VIEWS - Tunde Asaju tun­deasaju@ya­

Boko Haramists are break­ing jail even when Pres­i­dent Jones has of­fered life and mon­e­tary re­ward for their killings. Lately in Haramis­tan sus­pected haramists at­tempted to break into an army bar­racks to free their ranks held there. None of them lived to tell the story but army in­tel­li­gence found out their in­ten­tion af­ter their death. Any doubt­ing Thomas knows noth­ing about in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing, be­cause dead men tell tales.

It would not be the first time that such dar­ing at­tempts have been made on se­cured for­ma­tions. Boko Haram, from all we have gleaned in the me­dia, have their own in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing. Some wicked people in­clud­ing two es­capees vow that se­cu­rity forces get tipped off prior to at­tacks in com­mu­ni­ties and that rather than ward off the at­tack, they re­sort to re­treat as the best form of valour.

On Sun­day, the kamikaze haramists changed tac­tic. They de­cided to dis­arm a se­cu­rity op­er­a­tive who went to serve break­fast. Thank God the swift op­er­a­tive was not stran­gled. He found his voice and alerted other se­cu­rity agents who must have ei­ther been hav­ing their own break­fast or read­ing sala­cious Sun­day pa­pers. They quickly ra­dioed for re­in­force­ments, by which time, the en­tire com­plex had been taken over by the haramists. The army re­sponded with tanks and quelled the at­tempt.

Abuja res­i­dents be­ing the pa­tri­ots that they are were con­cerned about the wel­fare of their ami­able pres­i­dent and his vice. Yel­low House is only me­tres away from the res­i­dent and of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and his vice. The in­sur­gents were put down with no es­cape on the side of the haramists. Ca­su­alty fig­ures among the se­cu­rity, none. To our re­lief, Pres­i­dent Jones, Nnamdi his vice and their fam­ily mem­bers are safe and sound, and not within their abode/of­fice dur­ing the melee.

You have to be a Boko Haram sym­pa­thiser to even think that these sto­ries have loop­holes. Scep­tics are so used to the po­lice tac­tic of re­duc­ing the num­ber of de­tainees they have to feed. It used to be in this coun­try (and some vow it still is) that armed rob­bery sus­pects were re­leased in the wild on the pre­tence that they were go­ing to re­con­struct crime scenes. Once out­side of view, they are told make a dash for their lives; un­like Boko Haramists and al­ways ea­ger to live, they take off and were some­how gunned down. The story used to be that they were killed while try­ing to es­cape. This has helped de­con­gest the courts and freed the hang­man. It has kept Amnesty In­ter­na­tional off our trail.

It is un­pa­tri­otic to ever think that these jail­break sto­ries are spin. Any­one hold­ing con­trary views, even on so­cial me­dia should have their names in­cluded in the na­tional hall of shame. Our se­cu­rity men and women do a se­ri­ous job keep­ing bloody civil­ians from harm. They treat us with the re­spect of sergeant ma­jors, es­pe­cially at check­points and when they ar­rest us at pedes­trian cross­ings they make us do frog jump for our own health. Af­ter a skir­mish with soldiers, you’re al­ways health­ier, though sore. These are men and women of hon­our whose words must be their bond. Re: Bakare, Falana and Indimi o need to ask how people out­side Haramis­tan are. We wish we are in your shoes. Your ar­ti­cle of to­day refers. You men­tioned the name Indimi in the ti­tle but no ref­er­ence was made to him in the write up or did I miss it? He is my neigh­bour, so ob­vi­ously I was cu­ri­ous to find out what you had to say about him (no, don’t be de­ceived, I am cer­tainly not as rich as him)! And by the way, if I am promised a piece of the ac­tion, I could ac­tu­ally get you Yad­uma’s num­ber. I need all the money I can get to re­lo­cate to a safer place. N12m? Hm­mmm. Kai, this coun­try ya mutu. Chikena! - Sal­matata19@ya­

NI re­fer to your piece on the above sub­ject. You said Kano street signs are writ­ten in Ara­bic. This is not cor­rect. The Ara­bic writ­ings you see are sup­pli­ca­tions (such as Al­lahu Ak­bar - mean­ing: God Is Great; Al­ham­dulil­lah - mean­ing Thanks be to Al­lah etc) and not street signs. All street signs in Kano are writ­ten in English. I hope you will up­date read­ers ac­cord­ingly.

Ab­dul­ma­lik Ibrahim M. Sambo

Mr Asaju,

We read your story from head to toe and we are still left in the dark as to why INDIMI is men­tioned in the ti­tle of your opin­ion. Would you please cor­rect the mis­take in the next edi­tion as Indimi has no cause to be there? ‘I am sure you must be about to SLEEP now if you did not SLEEP at the CON­FAB’. Thank you. Us­man Muham­mad Eya Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant to Al­haji (Dr) Mo­hammed INDIMI, OFR

(Note: All er­rors, deeply re­gret­ted, stand cor­rected.)

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