Dinner In Lagos, Death In St. Philips Catholic Church, Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa, Ozubulu
The Nigeria News take a look at the dastard killing in St. Philips Catholic Church, Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa Ozubulu, Anambra State and the hosting of Police IG, Ibrahim Idris to a dinner in Lagos.
At times, Nigeria Government erroneously opens up its shortcomings for critics to really lash out at it.
For 64 days, that the six pupils of Lagos Model College, Igbonla Epe were in the custody of kidnappers, the Lagos state Governor Akinwumi Ambode did not deem it fit to address the parents of the abducted pupils.
The parents and guardians suffered serious trauma and they had to stage a protest to the state house where they expressed their displeasure with the government and the governor in particular for not doing anything about their plight.
They were told that their children would be rescued. The parents went back home dejected, hoping to meet their children in peace.
Last week, the news about the release of the six children filled the air; it heralded jubilation in Lagos, only to learn that it was the Ondo State Government that actually secured the release of the pupils.
The militants who kidnapped the pupils had hidden in the creek of Ondo State but were fished out by the state government security apparatus with the help of the Special Intelligence Squad of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
While Lagos governor was waiting to hear from the police about how far the kidnappers had taken the pupils, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi was sticking his neck out to bail the pupils from the creek.
Ajayi was ready to give his life so that the pupils might live. He negotiated with the militants who had become so ferocious for not being able to get ransom on the pupils.
The kidnappers told him to visit their base in the creek but must not come with policemen or soldiers.
Ajayi must come alone if he must negotiate the release of the pupils. The Ondo State Deputy Governor agreed and had to sail the dreaded river for hours to get to the militants who were armed to the teeth.
They released the boys but with the agreement that the Federal Government would integrate them into the amnesty programme. Ajayi conveyed the grievances of the militants to his boss, the state Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
The children had since reunited with their parents and according to Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the pupils had started receiving medical and trauma treatment, having spent two months and four days in the creek.
Just one week after the boys regained their freedom, the Inspector General of Police flew to Lagos on a two-day visit. There was no report that the police boss visited any of the parents of the kidnapped boys or their schools.
He was received by the state governor and commended for his steadfastness in securing the release of the six pupils of Lagos Model College, Igbonla Epe. The police IG visited the state Police College and the state Police Command in Ikeja where he urged the officers to do more in securing the state.
Idris wanted to learn more from the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, an idea produced by his predecessor, Musiliu Smith about 14 years ago.
He called on other states of the federation to learn from Lagos that even with its antecedent in crime, the successive government in the state had put the best fight against crime in Nigeria.
However, Idris joy over the release of the six pupils was short-lived when on Sunday, two days after he enjoyed a palatable dinner in Lagos, horror befell Anambra State.
The Police IG just finished eating dinner when he learnt on a Sunday morning that unknown assailants stormed St. Philips Catholic Church in Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa, Ozubulu, Anambra and killed about fifteen worshipers.
It is not yet Uhuru that was the language of the criminals who dealt low blow to the security apparatus of this country once again.
While Lagos and Ambode is rejoicing, the Governor of Anambra, Chief Willie Obiano is mourning the death of innocent souls who had left their homes to worship God in church but ended their lives via the assailants’ bullets.