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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Thiefing Balogun

So what's going on with Tafa Balogun's thiefing case? I know he made bail. The thief that got a street named after him in Ila-Orangun was well educated indeed as I discovered but what did he do with all that education? Thieving! A thief policing thieves. The former Thiefing-General of Police is now claiming that EFCC have no jurisdiction to prosecute him. Its seem the charges against him are so daunting that he is resulting to obfuscation.

Meanwhile the popularity of the Nigerian Police is as low as its former boss.

According to BBC report, although the men in black describe themselves as "the people's friend", very few people have fond memories of encounters they have with armed policemen manning Nigeria's motorways.
True tales of extortion for "phantom offences" are rife, contributing to the contempt that most Nigerians have for the police.


Also in another report similarly indicting of the police we read, "we see instances of police abuse and brutality in Nigeria every day," Carina Tertsakian, a Nigeria specialist for Human Rights Watch, told IRIN on Tuesday. "It's a pattern of behaviour that's left over from the military era. But we've had six years of civilian rule now."
"There has been a certain amount of cosmetic change. For example, the government has at least been making the right noises about cleaning up corruption, but we've seen no changes as far as other human rights abuses are concerned," the London-based researcher said.......more

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