If our se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives knew their onions, ev­ery sin­gle mo­tor park this part of the coun­try should have been swarm­ing with agents on the look-out for ex­actly the sort of bomb-laden ve­hi­cle left be­hind at the Nyanya Park to kill or maim over two hun­dred

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Nige­ri­ans left be­hind, they de­served the state’s full pro­tec­tion from their tragic fate. In­deed, those who died in the tragic bomb­ing com­mit­ted no crime, but in ret­ro­spect, if at all they did, it was in the so­cial con­tract they sub­con­sciously signed through the ac­ci­dent of their birth as Nige­ri­ans. Their crime was for be­ing too trust­ing. They died ex­pect­ing the state to keep its own part of the bar­gain, which is to pro­tect them from the Hobbe­sian ‘state of na­ture’ Nigeria in­creas­ingly re­sem­bles.

We can also fore­close any lin­ger­ing hopes of bring­ing the per­pe­tra­tors of this ou­trage to jus­tice in our life­times. The state, ap­par­ently, not only lacks the ca­pac­ity to bring such people to jus­tice, there is also a cred­i­ble school of thought that be­lieves that what­ever limited ca­pac­ity it possesses may have been un­der­mined by con­tem­po­rary po­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions!

As such with the lack of po­lit­i­cal will to deal with the gen­eral in­se­cu­rity in the land, the surer bet is that the vic­tims of of the au­thor­i­ties buoyed by mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, en­sured that the iden­tity of the cul­prits were known to the world within days. The CCTV sys­tem in­stalled in the streets of Lon­don and its un­der­ground rail sys­tem was cru­cial in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Can the au­thor­i­ties please ex­plain what hap­pened to the ex­pen­sive FCT CCTV project? Since the death of the for­mer NSA Andrew Azazi the project ap­pears to have stalled. Most of the al­ready cam­eras and so­lar pan­els seem like relics from a by­gone age de­spite the bil­lions re­port­edly spent on the project. We are now left to re­flect on what help the sys­tem could have ren­dered to in­ves­ti­ga­tors of yes­ter­day’s bomb­ing.

Since Abuja lost its in­no­cent to the Oc­to­ber 1st bomb­ing, the in­stal­la­tion of an ef­fec­tive CCTV sys­tem in our cap­i­tal city should have been a mat­ter of pri­or­ity. The fact that the au­thor­i­ties did not think the same way is why I in­sist that we are con­demned to wit­ness­ing a re-oc­cur­rence of yes­ter­day’s tragedy – God for­bid!

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