…Says Nigeria’s Main Problem is Elite
From Omobola Odeyemi, Ibadan
A former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State and Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Security Matters, Fatai Owoseni, has said the issue of incessant killings in the Southwest is exaggerated.
Owoseni also said the news about the dreaded ‘Badoo’ Boys was a mirage and a creation of the media.
He spoke during an enlightenment talk on security matters organized by the Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in Ibadan. President of the Chamber, Engr. Ismaila Alapa had said it was imperative to put an end to incessant killings in the country and in the state in particular. Reacting, Owoseni said stories about killings in the Southwest were the creation of the media.
“It is our nature to denigrate Nigeria Police Force. There is no institution in Nigeria that has the number of lawyers and graduates that Nigeria Police has. I want to tell you that the issue of incessant killings was exaggerated because Nigeria is dysfunctional. Our political leaders, because of their failure, they decided to exaggerate things and colour crimes politically and religiously. They are only looking for a fault line. They say religion is the opium of the people. They can easily gather people in the church and mosque to tell them lies and we believe it. We are gullible. The social media platforms have added to it. The major problem we have in the country are the elite. Once they are out of power, and they are not able to manipulate the person in power, they look for how to run that person down. That is what is happening in Nigeria. It is not that we don’t have deteriorating security situation. Is there any country where you have a perfect situation?
“The so-called incessant killing when it comes to Southwest is not as bad as it is being portrayed. Traditionally, we have our own people who are criminals.
“Don’t let us join the bandwagon of the press people who probably don’t know the meaning of what they said. Because if you said incessant that means it happens constantly and regularly. No. One isolated problem can’t be regarded as incessant. We are not used to truth in Nigeria. If we do full disclosure we are helping ourselves.
“The Badoo thing is a mirage. It is the creation of the media people. Go and look at our criminal law is there anything called Badoo there? Even in Lagos when the noise was much in Ikorodu, I can tell you, it is not that I’m condemning Ikorodu people. Somehow, Ikorodu is known for certain thing. In the days of essential commodity during Shagari regime, if you know when essential commodities were coming from Apapa, once you drive down Odogunyan, that Army Barracks, it is gone because of ‘Eluku’ or whatever, you hear that somebody has got missing. So when that incidents were happening in Lagos and people were talking about ‘Badoo’ if watched when I was on TV, I debunked it. We had murder cases, there is no doubt about that. Murder cases that have coloration of ritual killings. For God sake, police can’t be everywhere.
Where it happened are the houses that are remotely located. Police are not ‘babaalawo'”, he said.
Owoseni lamented that murder cases borne out cultist attacks and hooliganism are prevalent in the state, disclosing that there were 357 murder cases in Oyo State from January to June 2019 which are borne out of act of hooliganism.
The former police chief decried cultism, which he said is rampant among the youths including artisans who are not students.
He urged all and sundry to take security serious, saying security is a personal task.
While decrying low financial allocation to the police, the former Commissioner of Police maintained that funding is key in policing.
Earlier, the President of Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Engr. Ismaila Alapa called on the state government to unfold plans to tackle the security challenge.
Alapa pointed out that the international investors are scared from investing in the state as a result of insecurity.