THE RISING SPATE OF EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN NIGERIA BY SECURITY AGENCIES, A TICKING TIME BOMB
In the last five weeks or so in Nigeria, the media have been awashed with daily news of extra judicial killings of innocent civilians by the security agencies in virtually all parts of the country, a situation that brought a lot of fear, uncertainty and loss of confidence.
Sadly, this is coming at a time when Nigerians are bedeviled by the lockdown arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The police and other federal security personnels who should be the protectors of this people are perceived now as their traitors.
The general analysis is that the security officers have within this period of lockdown alone killed more Nigerians than COVID-19 has.
In Abia state for instance, the citizens who are currently observing a total lockdown in compliance to the state Govt’s directive on the prevention and spread of the COVID-19 has not recorded any index case yet but have lost over four lives to extra judicial death related cases by happy and careless triggered security officers.
This ugly trend if not checked can lead to grave consequences as According to Aristotle; “Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions”.
As at press time, the people of Ohafia are all counting their losses. In retaliation to what the people described as an avoidable death, has razed down police patrol vans purchased with tax payers money, with the police officers in that area all scampering for safety. So sad!
Though the various governments have continually condemned these acts, but they should move beyond rhetorics to take full and concrete action and ensure these erring police officers are made to face the wrath of the law as that will serve as major deterrent to others.
The current situation highlights on the need for the authorities to regularly subject our law enforcement agencies, especially those carrying arms to periodic mental check, training and retraining, and ensure that they are meant to account for every bullet allocated to them After the Day’s duty, Among other strict measures.
On the other hand, civilians must learn to be law abiding, obey orders, and avoid open challenge or unnecessary confrontations with armed security officers, as such might be suicidal.
In all, these senseless, avoidable and avertable extra judicial killings and repreasal attacks if not checked can lead to anarchy.
Let every citizen do the needful and play by the ethics and rules. All we need is peace, calm and tranquility.
Godwin Okeagu writes from Umuahia