The year 2013 was sup- posed to be a year of celebration considering how it started, espe- cially with the Super Eagles winning the Af-
It was a case of many days for the thief and one day for the owner of the house as the Nigeria police in Enugu smashed what is believed to be a gang of kidnappers that has been terrorising the entire south east zone.
Kidnapping in the zone has assumed an alarming proportion so much so that many people have called for the federal government to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping in the zone.
Edo State government last week dismissed the police interim report on the investigation into the fatal auto crash involving the state governor’s convoy in which three journalists were killed. The government said that the police failed to carry out thorough investigation on the fatal crash. The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, said the police did not verify the authenticity of the claim that the truck driver and the owner of the truck were card-carrying members of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
For Polycarp Iber, a retired chief superintendent of police, CSP, who is currently a staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, May 12, 2012 will remain a bitter moment in his life. This was the day his first son, John, a 31-year old PhD student of the Benue State University, BSU was allegedly murdered in cold blood by his neighbour, Aakyaa, who also hails from the same local government.
Insecurity in Akwa Ibom State lately has been so rough compared to the situation two months ago. What happened then was categorised mainly as a politically motivated crime with the kidnap, killing of some unsuspecting citizens. Immediately after the inauguration of Governor Godswill Akpabio, things started to change for the better as crime rate dropped. Akpabio himself acknowledged this while responding to questions in an interview with a Lagos-based media house.
Calabar, the Cross River State capital has been adjudged by many as one of the safest cities in the country. At the peak of kidnapping in neighbouring states, many people (especially top government functionaries and businessmen) abandoned their states and relocated to Calabar.The security situation in some of these states was so bad that even workers in multi-national oil companies relocated to Calabar and were airlifted daily to work.What made Calabar attractive was its low crime rate. The crime rate was so low that Calabar became a safe haven to many.
Prosper Okafor, a bus driver, was fast asleep in his bus which was parked behind the Wuse general hospital at zone 3, not because he was exhausted but out of frustration. He had just arrived Wuse with his first set of passengers for the day, when he was arrested by traffic policemen at the junction between Intercontinental and Oceanic banks for reckless driving. Having refused to accept a “gentleman’s settlement” by paying off the police on the spot, he was taken to the Wuse police station.
Many developing nations, especially in Africa, are bedeviled by corruption. Internationally, Nigeria is regarded as one of the most corrupt countries on the earth. But such allegations have mostly been hinged on unethical official conduct relating to public financial expenditure. For decades, Nigeria and Nigerians have been victims of international discrimination on grounds of corporate and official corruption.
The ember months might not be the best of times for residents of Abuja especially those residing in the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, because of the experience they always encounter during this period. Some of them live in fear of being attacked by men of the underworld and keep awake all night while others sleep with one eye closed.