The bomb we all had no idea will explode soon enough has timed out and raging through. You can say it was caused by those who threw logical reasoning out the window because they knew they could blame anyone – including the government – of their predicament. But that’s not why we are here today.
As of April 12, 2020, the Nigerian Police, Ogun Command, said they had arrested and paraded about 200 robbery and cultism suspects and for allegedly terrorising some parts of Ifo and Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Areas of the state.
There were reports that residents of Owode, Ilepa, Arigbajo, Itori, Dalemo, Ijoko Joju, Sango – Ota, among other communities in Ifo and Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Areas of Ogun, experienced robbery attacks between Thursday evening and Saturday.
Addressing newsmen, however, during the parade at Ifo Divisional Police headquarters, Kenneth Ebrimson denied the report of alleged armed robbery in the two Local Government areas, saying it was a case of supremacy battle among groups of cultists following the murder of a member.
“Up till now, no single report of robbery attack; no attack on anybody. No case of kidnapping has so far been recorded. It is very important we know the issue at stake. The major issue we are contending with is that of cult supremacy battle that emanated from the killing of one of their members in Ifo here,” the CP said.
But the cult ‘activities’ were then reported in some areas in Lagos and while it brought up several reports of cult-related activities across the state, the focus is now on particular areas.
Robbery Reports are coming in from, Alagbado, Agbado, ijaiye, Abule Egba, Agege, Ogba, Akute, Ota, Sango.
— DANNY WALTER ? (@Danny_Walterr) April 12, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: ONGOING ROBBERY AT OLANIYI, ABULE EGBA
Call your family members in the vicinity and check up on them!!!
— • General Zee ? • (@heisTactic) April 11, 2020
Our government is not helping, the people are not helping too. See people taking advantage of the lockdown to rob their fellow Nigerians.
Our problem in Nigeria is beyond the government, there is moral decadence and the people have lost their conscience.
— Elder Seun (@iamseunalaofin) April 13, 2020
Robbery & Gunshots everywhere. No one can sleep again..This is really serious….. A lot of people are Hungry.
Now men in these areas have all turned to Night watch guards to protect their families
Ipaja, Iyana Ipaja, Agege, Ayobo, Ayetoro. #AgegeUnrest
— Adebiyi farouk (@Dr_Pharouk) April 13, 2020
If the Robbery isn’t happening in ur area,u don’t know what God has done for u???….Agege is upside down,we dont even knw the difference between awawa boys nd the armed robbers..Everyone is just with cutlass nd tyres are being burnt…God save us…#AgegeUnrest
— Lah_Dey?? (@LahDey4) April 12, 2020
It is now #LagosUnrest and people are linking it with the increased poverty rate as the lockdown continues, but are we supposed to justify crime? That is not the topic now, it is that people are asking a zonal leader of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo to ‘do something about it’
As usual, it has brought up divergent views concerning the security architecture of the affected States and the country itself. Here’s what Nigerians on Twitter have to say:
Y’all calling MC Oluomo, where were y’all when he was stabbed?
— Dr Toolz backup (@tooolzbabe) April 13, 2020
NIGERIANS are openly clamouring for a known thug (MC Oluomo) to help them out of an organized crimes!
A known thug to help in the reduction of CRIMES & hostilities against the general population?
If this is not a symptom of complete State Failure, then what is it?
— Mazi @FestusGreen ?? (@FestusGreen) April 13, 2020
With the way 1 Million Boys, Awawa Boys are terrorizing Lagos state, is it not the right time for MC Oluomo to prove his mettle? Or he is only fit for election issues? When Saula was alive, no idiot would terrorize Lagos state like this. I live there then.
— PrinceWithGod (@acresofsaphire) April 13, 2020
Is MC Oluomo the Nigerian Police?
— Naija (@Naija_PR) April 13, 2020
Mc Oluomo is the second biggest philanthropist in Lagos after Tinubu.
— Adefila Kamal (@KamalAdefila) April 13, 2020
A state that places MC Oluomo above Tunde that studied sociology at Unilag, has done well to incentivize violence across Ajah, Jakande, Shitta, Bariga and Shomolu. These places are prone to attacks. This ugly trend will continue. The problem we have is a failure in leadership.
— Ugo (@UgoIkeakor) April 12, 2020
The Police may be handicapped at this juncture. Lagosians should reach out to MC Oluomo to draft a viable plan on how to arrest this situation.
It is only quite unfortunate that the political warriors are no longer being well-fed since the parks are not generating revenues now.
— Uduma Michael – Cares ● (@DonSolution_) April 13, 2020
Interesting times indeed!
We all should be ashamed – all together – that we all resort to asking a leader of a transport union to come to our aid – in place of the Nigerian Police.
No doubt, MC Oluomo has proven to be a force to reckon with. I mean, he could not have got to that position if he had not been brutal, but how do we explain to our kids in the near future that our security architecture is almost non-existent?
How do we explain to ourselves in the near future how we have lost all faith in a Nigerian Police that have taken it upon themselves to ‘arrest and maim’ innocent citizens instead of protecting citizens?
How do we tell the world that the Nigerian Police is another arm of men of the underworld geng?
We recognise the efforts of a few men of the Nigerian Police but we will also ask the Nigerian Police to stop audio reforms and make us believe in them.
I rest my case! For now.
Omoleye Omoruyi… an apprentice web/game developer, novelist, sensitive to happenings in the world. Meet him @Lord_rickie on Twitter/Instagram