By: Andy Akporugo Jr –
Around 2002, while I was still gate keeping legal matters in a foremost 5 star hotel in Nigeria, a theft of about N38m was discovered. The suspect, ordinarily a very good man, was an Assistant Pastor in a Church which, like other sovereigns, had embassies all over Nigeria and beyond.
He had donated the money to the church and a few of its administrators in cash, in gifts, and received in return, plenteous prayers – that he would be able to pay rent for his one bedroom house hiding somewhere in one of the dusty gullies in the Ogba area of Lagos or buy a car or anything that used an engine, since he had none. He owned tired feet that were mostly tucked in shoes, which soles bore scars that told stories of their frequent duels with hot tar and had forced him into a bowlegged man.
But this story is not about him. It is about the Police and its sister agencies. At some point after refusing to honour several invitations to the church’s sovereign, and after obtaining a warrant for his arrest. The Police approved a notice for publication declaring him wanted. I had been asked to briefly describe him, his last known address etc, etc, and I had. All that remained was for us to make the publication in as many newspapers as we desired. Everything seemed to make a lot of sense, until I stopped to do what no one was willing to do. Think!
The man who had been invited by the Police and on whom a warrant of arrest had been obtained by the Police and who was now the subject of a proposed publication by the Police in which he was to be declared wanted, was being provided security and orderly services at home and elsewhere, by the same Police. Chai!
Today I hear that whereas EFCC had long declared Mr Abdulrasheed Maina wanted, he was yet being provided protection and orderly services by the Police and the DSS and apparently the Attorney General, who was a Defendant in the suit in which Maina obtained the judgement quashing the warrant of arrest issued against him by the Senate, but now acts as his bailiff 4 years later. And now none of them can find him. They are all so helpless, that all they offer comes through a Minister of every inch of Nigeria’s interior, simply appealing to Mr. Maina to turn himself in. And again, I say, Chai!!
If ‘‘change’’ will ever be believed by me again, a long list of heads must roll in a hurry. Here’s my offering of the more notable ones, if ever one was needed. It is not presented in any order of importance:
i. Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN
ii. Mr. Abdulrahman Dambazau
iii. Mr. Abba Kyari
iv. Lawal Musa Daura
v. Mr. Ibrahim Idris
Let’s be clear. They all qualify not on the basis of ‘‘Mainagate’’ alone. That credit belongs to a long list of acts of hostility to the common good of the ordinary Nigerian where ever, and the mockery their acts jointly and severally, expose us to in the comity of civilized nations.
The President misses the list today, but only just!