Date: February 18, 2020, 04:57:41 PM
If Nigeria must break up, it should be peacefully – Mike Ahamba, SAN: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
IPOB and other Biafra agitators say that the Southeast leaders keep quiet while the zone is policed. According to them, even with the deplorable state of the road, you have police checkpoints mounted on every kilometre, extorting and harassing motorists. What is your take on this? This is a point that people are raising today, which some of us raised some ten years ago when I used to travel by road to the North, I noticed that the moment you leave the East, you can do tens of kilometres without seeing any checkpoint, but the moment you step into Southeast, every inch is a police checkpoint. I believe that these checkpoints represent economic activities of the officers in charge of these areas. So, every DPO wants to put a checkpoint on the road from one local government to the other to collect their loot for the day.If you look at the whole place, you find out that nobody looks into your vehicle if you stretch out your hand with money, and they collect the money, they let you go even if you are carrying human head. It is more of corruption affair than a police/state affair; it is matter of collecting money, and everybody wants to be a master of his own area in collection of money. They are doing nothing other than the collection of money.Why must it be so, why can’t they collect money in those other areas?Everybody knows the culture of the other people. If you lock up an average Northern man, he stays there with you. But they have realised that in the East, it is a humiliation to be locked up, consequently, the moment you think of locking him up, he is ready to give bribe to prevent it, something that will not happen in other parts of the country.In the West, they fight you thereafter if you dare lock them up; they fight you judicially. So, in this area, since they have to pay money in other not to go into these dirty cells, these officers then realise that that place is very lucrative for their work. I understand that policemen even give bribe to be sent to serve in the Southeast because of its lucrative nature.This has a lot of dimensions and should not be looked at for the purpose of attacking anybody. We should look at it as a failure of the topmost person in charge of this organisation to stop them from their corrupt practices among the people.In fact, you can see some checkpoints just 100 yards apart; you see that of the police, the next one is that of the road safety; then another is that of soldiers kitted as if we are in a war. I don’t see these checkpoints between Abuja and Kaduna road that is the headquarters of kidnapping today, but in the East, they are there as if there is any threat to fight a war when there are no semblance of movements to fight any war; they now block everywhere as if it is a police state. Well, there is God.