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IGP Sunday Ehindero and My 7-Task Challenge
Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD
Burtonsville, MD, USA
January 31, 2005
“All the world is a stage. All the men and women merely players. We have our exits and entrances, and one man in his time, plays many parts. His acts being seven ages”.
“I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me, the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me on that day.”
It cannot be fun to be a
policeman or a member of his or her family in
So when recently one fine
morning (January 18, 2005; see Press Release below) we read that Tafa Balogun of
Ila-Orangun (Osun State) had become tired or was retired as
the 21st Inspector General of Police for under an egregious cloud of
corrupt multibillion-naira fraud, it was a further body blow to the institution
that he headed. In March 2002, he had replaced the
police-strike victim former IGP Musiliu Smith of Olowogbowo (
In time, bros Tafa has since been replaced by a Bible-quoting, philosophizing mathematician-lawyer-policeman Sunday Ehindero of Oka-Akoko (Ondo State), who, in outlining his 10-point-agenda in replacement of Balogun’s 8-point strategy (for comparisons, see Table 1), has pledged (in his words) “to endeavour to blend the (sic) Bentham’s utilitarian protective security of maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain with the Kentian doctrine of the dignity of the human person and freedom”.
Na wah o !
Big English apart, it is the operations and corruption of the Nigerian Police Force that I quickly wish to X-ray here and challenge bros Sunday about.
Between December 2003 and March
2004, Mr. Tafa Balogun together with a 5-man delegation from
Nigeria visited three police departments (Houston, Atlanta and Chicago) in the
United States, to under study their implementation of
community policing and how it could be adapted to the Nigerian situation.
Estacodes apart, during the visit to
According to Balogun, in 1999, Nigeria had 130,000 policemen (roughly 1-policeman-per-1000-citizens), but that after Obasanjo approved a 40,000 annual recruitment exercise in 2002 or thereabout, that number has now risen to over 300,000, bringing the country within spitting distance of international guidelines.
Task Number One for Sunday Ehindero is therefore one of transparency and accountability: to ascertain and declare the ACTUAL number of policemen under his control, and their distribution in terms of desk-job, traditional field work, mobile deployment, traffic job, official “guard” duty and other miscellaneous guard duty of policemen and businessmen ! This will assist in “improving
public perception and image of the Force.” (Balogun Agenda # 8; Ehindero Agenda #10)
Tafa Balogun also indicated that the Obasanjo government has bought over 1,500 additional patrol vehicles for the NPF. One can guess that most of those were deployed in Balogun’s “Operation Fire for Fire” (OFF or FFF) – enhancing Balogun Agenda # 1 but violating the spirit of Balogun Agenda # 8. On the other hand, Ehindero will now have OFF rubbed off all the vehicles and replaced with a kinder and friendlier slogan “To Serve and Protect with Integrity” (Ehindero Agenda #10).
In fact, when one realizes that the urban population of Nigeria is probably no more than 25 million people, and there are really no more than 50 urban centers in Nigeria (even some of the state capitals are not urban), 150,000-200,000 policemen properly deployed in 1,000 patrol vehicles will make a huge presence and difference in police service delivery in the country. (Ehindero Agenda # 7 and #9).
That is Task Number Two for Ehindero: a re-deployment of police resources where they are needed most in the country, not where each can make the most money and deliver “returns” to their superiors.
Task Number Three has to do with
the commendable community policing (Balogun Agenda # 3,
Ehindero Agenda #4): Ehindero does not have to return to
The final point here has to do
with Balogun’s Agenda #7 (“Inter-service/agency cooperation at all levels down
the line”) which one would have expected to “Contribute positively to improving
the quality of justice delivery in
So Task Number Four before
Ehindero is to be selective about what agency to cooperate in certain manner,
always having in mind true delivery of justice and fair-play in
Corruption has become a
cankerworm that impedes economic, social and economic development in
Tafa Balogun failed his own Agenda # 4 (“Serious anti-corruption crusade, both
within and outside the Force”), and it is now Ehindero’s turn to be tested on his Agenda # 5 (“Zero-tolerance for police corruption and indiscipline.”) Obviously, when Ehindero made a statement recently that he would frown seriously at any of his subordinates trying to make financial “returns” to him, was he hinting at something his predecessors did or what?
Anyway, whatever he was saying, his Task Number Five is as follows: He should declare his own assets PUBLICLY and let the world know it, period.
Beyond Ehindero himself is the
crass corruption which the suffering Nigerian masses encounter daily at the
hands of policemen as they travel along the highways and byways of
Not only should Ehindero continue with this particular Task Number 6 of keeping the robber road-cops off-balance on our highways, but he should enhance it throughout Year 2005 with Task Number 7: making millions of leaflets to be handed by Policemen to citizens saying “Do Not Bribe Me, Please; I Don’t Accept Bribes”, and millions of leaflets to Citizens to be handed to Policemen saying “Do Not Demand Bribes from Me, Please; I Don’t Give Bribes.”
It might sound like an amusing campaign, but I am persuaded that it will be effective.
When we read that the Chief Justice of the Federation Uwais is under a cloud of bribery (by Governor Ibori over Ibori’s (non)imprisonment saga), which he has hotly denied; the Chief Police Officer Tafa Balogun is dismissed over suspicion of corruption; Governor Dariye of Plateau State is under investigation by NPF and Scotland Yard (England) over millions of dollars in various banks in Nigeria and England; Governor Ngige of Anambra continues to be harassed by Chris Uba who, along with PDP Secretary Venatius Ikem, has stated that Ngige’s 2003 gubernatorial election was rigged from beginning to the end in his favor, with both Obasanjo and former PDP Chairman Ogbeh since in the know; when the President of the Senate Nwabara continues in office with amazing electoral malfeasance (for example not a candidate, not the election winner); when the Supreme Court cancels Ogun presidential elections for egregious violation of simple electoral standards (an overage of 670,000 votes over gubernatorial election held on the same day); when the finger-prints of the police are all over many of these issues in question; then the Nigerian can be forgiven if he just gives up and says “To Hell with Nigeria!”
But everybody should not give up.
If somehow we can reform the Police and the Judiciary, then punishment for crime will become a greater certainty, and the carefree opportunistic crime which besets our country will surely reduce significantly. If somehow, we can truly get a Sovereign National Conference to truly address what ails us as a country, then our social, economic, and political dysfunctionality might just begin to be resolved.
With respect to the Police, though I have now pl, ace a 7-Task challenge before the Bible-quoting, philosophizing Sunday Gabriel Ehindero, B.Sc., M.Sc, L.LB., BL, NPM, fwc of Oka-Akoko.
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Weekly Trust (
Our Problems – Tafa Balogun
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Community Policing Takes Chief
of Police to
CLEEN Foundation (April 2004)
Why Police Can't Stop Extortion
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Vanguard Online Edition : Ehindero unfolds ten point agenda ....
My agenda for Police —EHINDERO, NEW IGP
Why Balogun Was Removed - Ehindero Assumes Office
Daily Champion (
Ehindero Address Delivered to
Maiden Conference of Senior Police Officers at Force Headquarters in
Press Release No. 1569
TAFA BALOGUN RETIRES FROM POLICE, NEW IG APPOINTED
The President, Chief Olusegun
Obasanjo has approved the notice of retirement of the Inspector-General of
Police, Alhaji Tafa Balogun from the Nigerian Police with effect from
In a statement signed by the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Ufot Ekaette, the
out-going Inspector-General will commence retirement leave with effect from
According to the SGF, the President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in accepting Tafa Balogun’s retirement notice has expressed his appreciation on behalf of the nation for his past services and wishes him a happy retirement.
Meanwhile, the President has
also approved the appointment of Mr. Sunday Ehindero as Acting Inspector-General
of Police with effect from
Table 1: Comparing Tafa’s 8-Point Strategy with Ehindero’s 10-Point Agenda
Table 2: Six Companies and The
IG’s Imprest Account held at Fountain Trust Bank
Exposed: •Six phoney companies that nailed Tafa Balogun •How Obasanjo confronted him
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