By Eric Elezuo
The video which went viral depicting a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of a suspect until he died did not only sent chills down the spines of well meaning individuals, it created a yet to be answered question on ‘where is humanity’?
On Monday, May 25, 2020, the Minneapolis Police department received a call from a store, reporting a supposed felon, who was allegedly issuing a fake cheque for his purchases. The man, 46 year-old George Floyd, was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody at the arrival of the officers of the Police Department. The video did not show any evidence of a struggle between the black gentleman, and the officers.
Floyd was later pinned to the ground, close to the tyre of the police patrol car, with his hands cuffed behind his back. The arresting officer, who was identified as Derek Chauvin, then placed his knees on his neck against the hard surface. Floyd protested in pains, but he couldn’t move his body as the entire weight of Chauvin flowing into his knees rested on his windpipe in addition to the immobility of his cuffed hands. His protest now coming in muffled speech of ‘I can’t breathe’ and his breathe coming in irregular spasm, Floyd was gradually going numb. But Chauvin and his co travellers showed no mercy. Onlookers, who noticed the pains Floyd was in prevailed on the officers to release from his neck since he was already in custody and harmless, but they paid no heed. A particular bystander pleaded, and asked that his pulse be check, when he noticed that Floyd was no longer moving, but the officers refuse. And suddenly, the man went completely numb. He was dead. They showed him mercy. A visit to the hospital afterwards was to fulfill all righteousness and get a confirmation. An innocent soul was killed in broad day light for no just cause.
The death of Floyd for no verifiable offence amid his pathetic plea of I can’t breathe, is a typical situation with Nigerians. For years, the government has compelled the citizens to tighten belts in the face of obvious hardship, dearth of infrastructure, social amenities and all the rest including education. But the authorities, even with the plea we can’t breathe, has continued to tighten the noose, or this time the knee to the neck of hapless Nigerians.
In the education, Nigerians can’t breathe as Academic Staff Union of Universities and other educational unions are constantly at loggerheads with the government over one issue or another, and so strikes have become the order of the day.
The health institutions have completely suffocated the people, as hospitals are more like glorified mortuaries. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has made matters worse as more deaths have recorded from other sources other than the pandemic. No health worker seem to care about a patient for fear of the disease. No one is listening. The only health matter at the moment is to listen to the new cases of coronavirus every night. Nigerians can’t breathe!
The Police are out there snuffing life out of citizens either from accidental discharge or outright shooting over refusal to part with bribe as low as N20. Nigerians can’t breathe!
In the last couple of days, almost all Nigerians, especially in Lagos State, turned members of vigilance group as bold faced armed robbers, who called themselves one million boys, threaten the peace of residents. Nigerians can’t breathe!
A journey of not more than 15 minutes will take a motorist or commuter as much as three hours to complete because of the dilapidated nature of the roads which breeds unprecedented traffic jam. Nigerians can’t breathe!
It is no longer news that every Nigerian resident is the sole provider of his own electricity, water, education, road and many more. Nigerians can’t breathe, and yet the knee is pressing harder down the neck. And like Floyd, the voice is becoming muffled, the breath is coming in spasm, movement is highly impossible, and soon silence may occur. Who cares?
Please take urgent steps cause Nigerians, like Floyd, can’t breathe!
NSCDC Boss Becomes Fellow of Institute of Criminology, Says ‘I Won’t Rest on My Oars’
By Eric Elezuo
The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Lagos State Command, Commandant Ayeni PK, has been honoured with the DISTINGUISHED FELLOW of the Institute of Criminology and Strategic Studies.
The investiture, which was conducted with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, was performed by the Institute’s Registrar-General, Dr S. A. Adekunle, at Alausa – Ikeja, of the Commandant.
During the course of the event, a brief citation of the Commandant was presented, before he was inducted, decorated and certified.
The honour bestowed on the Commandant is seen as the most prestigious award of the Institute to any person.
In his remarks, the Commandant extended his heartfelt appreciation to the Almighty God for His mercies and for sparing everyone’s life to the present. He also lauded the Institute for considering him for the honours.
Furthermore, he specially thanked the Chairman Governing Council of the Institute and the immediate past Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ade Abolurin Phd OFR psc+, saying he was grateful to him for being a great inspiration.
In his key note address, the Institute’s Registrar-General, Dr S.A. Adekunle, remarked that the mandate of the Institute, is to train and retrain members. T
“The Institute also identifies various sources of crimes and proffer solutions, before the commission of such crimes,” he said.
He stressed that Commandant Ayeni PK is one of the best Commandants the Corps has produced in recent times, affirming that selection of awardees is being done without any form of bias or prejudice.
“His selection is informed by his high-level performance, and doggedness towards ensuring the security and safety of lives and property, in Lagos State. His hardwork and and dedication to duty amidst other professional and administrative qualities are also some of the reasons, for his investiture today,,” the Registrar concluded.
“This is another inspiration for me to do more and give my best to my father land. I will therefore, not rest on my oars,” Ayeni promised while requesting the Institute to develop a training programme for officers and men of the Command.
Among officers of 1.DCthe Corps who attended the event were Obimma Frederick ( 2ic to the Commandant), 2. DC Paul O. Shomide ( HOD Administration), 3. DC Jayeola Margaret ( HOU Anti- Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit), 4. CSC Atolagbe Mohammed ( S A to the Commandant), 5. SC Durodola Abdullahi ( HOU Protocol), 6. ASCI Abolurin Oluwaseun O. ( PRO).
There were also members of the Institute present, and they were the Registrar-General, Dr S. A. Adekunle; the Registrar, Revd John Olagunju; the Deputy Registrar, Mr Gideon Ogundare; Director, Education and Training, Dr Adeniran Adewale S.; Director, Membership, Mrs Nwobodo Ijeoma; Director, Media and Publicity, Ovi John Aziamagba and Mr Odunlami Davidson, Asst Director Management Services.
Tincan Island Port Customs Declares N112.7bn Income in Three Months
The Tincan Island Ports had declared its revenue earnings for a three months period covering January to March 2021.
The revenue earnings for the period under review stood at One Hundred and Twelve Billion, Six Hundred and Ninety-Five Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Eight Naira, Sixty-Six Kobo (N112,695,693,158.66), which shows an improvement of about 21.05Billion (23%) when compared with Revenue earnings of 91Billion In the first quarter of the previous year 2020.
This improvement, according to a press statement signed by the Area Controller, M.B.A. Musa, is in spite of the twin threat to lives and livelihood posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, noting that the Command had inspired their officers to continue to work hard while observing all the safety measures to achieve the best of performances through the use of technology and collaboration.
“We kept our lines of communication open and concerted effort was made to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted,” he said.
The statement also noted that during the period under review, anti-smuggling activities yielded result with a spectacular seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in Raw Bulk Sugar, arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the seizure and detaining of the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO.
The Command has handed over the case file, suspects and the vessel to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.
The Command has also put various trade facilitation measures in place to help ensure stress-free engagement with clients, customers and the Nigerian public. The statement observes as follows
“The Command has put measures in place with a view to ensuring that legitimate trades are given expeditious attention.
“Accordingly, the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Help Desk have been re-jigged with a mandate to attend very expeditiously to all Trade related disputes. We have also reinvigorated the use of inter-modal transport system (Use of Barges for Cargo movement in line with Global Best Practices.”
NSCDC Arrest 50 Armed Herders in Ekiti, Cross River, Borno
Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has said operatives of the security outfit have arrested 50 armed herders.
The armed herders, he said, were arrested in different parts of the country, including Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states.
NAN reports that Audi spoke on Wednesday in Abuja while presenting licences to private guard operators.
He said: “We arrested 50 illegally armed herdsmen and realised that some of them are into cattle rustling and kidnapping.
“The armed herdsmen were arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states and in some other parts of the country.”
Audi said the arrest of the illegally armed herders, shortly after his assumption of office, was an indication of his determination to reposition the corps for optimal delivery on its core mandate.
“It is part of our mandate to settle disputes between herdsmen and farmers and to also give some security protection to our agro-allied investments,” he said.
Audi spoke on the need for synergy between security agencies, noting that the nation’s security challenges could only be addressed substantially through intelligence sharing.
He charged the private guard operators to ensure valuable contributions to ongoing efforts at checking rising insecurity.
“The nation is bedevilled with a very serious insecurity crisis, and that is the asymmetric warfare,” he said.
“If you want to deal decisively with this, you must synergise with all stakeholders in terms of credible intelligence.”
He warned that the licences of private guard operators would be withdrawn if they engage in unethical practices.