Tomorrow, November 2, 2020, is another anticipated date for most of us at Lagos Talks 91.3 FM, being time for Sadiq & The Guru’s weekly review of topical issues, live and it commences from 09:30 to 11am.
The most challenging thing about tomorrow’s presentation is how to confront the critically contending and controversial issue of the moment without jettisoning of status quo ante. I shall do my very best in honouring the authenticity of the issue without doing any damage to the holistic nature of facts that build such thick webs of diversification around the sequence of happening.
Let us capture the narration once again before moving to evaluation of the route through which events unleashed.
Special Anti-robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force was created in 1984, when Etim Okon Inyang was the Inspector General of Police and Major General Muhammadu Buhari was Military Head of State.
The former directed the latter to do something urgently about the sequence of how hard crime was gaining momentum at that time, and the outcome of that brief encounter resulted into the formation of Anti-robbery Squad (the coinage Special was not there in the beginning).
The IGP summoned one of his best Officer; an immaculate and meticulous but ruthless investigator, Fulani Kwajafa for the job. He did become the first Commissioner of Police in charge of this special Unit; a Unit he formed, with Eleven Senior Police Officers (SPO) and some junior men. The newly created Unit took off from Adeniji Adele Police Station. This is the origin of the SARS, which Nigerian Youths rose astutely against, in the most civilised and peaceful protests ever witnessed in the annals of our history, on October 8, 2020.
In the other hand the Nigeria Police Force; known in the beginning as Consular Constabulary, was formed in 1861, in a most questionable manner, by those British Traders that captured “this area” of the British West African Territories. The formation was a fallout of letter requesting for “authority to establish a Police Force to be trained in soldiers’ format in anticipation of subduing the people”.
The letter was signed by Stanhope Freeman. Details of those transactions revealed that the Police Force the Colonial Masters requested to be established – a killers’ Squad Police Force, was given to them. It was established with Thirty men, and the evidence of their brutality against their brothers and sisters remains evidential in Epe Division of present Lagos State, till date.
Hope we are not losing the trajectory of narration yet.
The first nexus to be established in this chronicles is that the Polic Force given to Nigeria was a “Killer Squad”, and the SARS Nigerian Youths protested against, in 2020, is a “Killer Squad” as well. The third thing we must understand is that, along the line of time; from establishment of the Nigeria Police, till the metaphor of SARS Squad’s formation, and even until 2020, when the revolt against the Police became a clarion call on citizenry, the police have been indicted for extra-judicial killings, at most times, along the line of performingpoliceduties. If the truth is to be told, the Killing Squad of the Police we have today, is the Police the Nigerian Society provides for. And if it is the People that make up the Society, then it is safe to say that the Nigerian People produced its Police Force for themselves. It is the Police you and l formed, provided, and empowered to act as Gateway to the Nigerian Judicial System.
This factual narration, as sad as it might be, is however the “good news” in our bitter life of today’s Nigerian policing. We can reform this enemy-oriented Police Force for a friendly-oriented Police Force.
The choice is ours and our Youths have shown us the way to go, and how to go about it. But this shall never come without a price, albeit a very enormous price indeed, because the ESTABISHMENT is pro-status quo ante.
More details on how to go about the reformation of the Nigerian (it is presently called Nigeria PoliceForce) Police Force shall come under The Guru’s show tomorrow – albeit a very limited way. Greater details shall however be uploaded unto my website- www.godwintheguru.com, in the next 24 hours.
Ipso facto, we shall be taking only one interview; granted by Okechukwu Nwanguma, who is the Executive Director of Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, about SARS’s established notoriety before now. I must warn that unless you have enduring temerity and assured shoch absorbing system, don’t ever listen to this interview’s rendition tomorrow, because it comes with every characteristic of man’s wickedness to man.
We shall also evaluate the Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu’s admonition to his officers, telling them to “protect themselves if assaulted”. Some Nigerians are already interpreting this fatherly admonition (to his children) negatively, saying how would the civil populace protect themselves if assaulted by policemen. I beg to disagree with the latter, but not without presenting the “other side” view.
The camera photographs and video footage of soldiers taking off from somewhere in Bonny Camp at 6:29 pm on October 20, 2020, for the Tollgate and arriving there by 6:45pm, for the shooting, shall also come under review. We shall also present facts from the Nigerian Army and some other stakeholders that have volunteered evidences of the ugly episodes of Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
Tomorrow promises to be a loaded day at Lagos Talks 91.3 FM. Won’t you rather stay glued with us at your golden Radio station of the century?
Godwin Etakibuebu (The Guru).