The #Nigeria Na You Do Am Criminal Investigation Strategy
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The Nigeria SSS has caught and apprehended one of the Nyanya bomb blast masterminds….Aminu Ogwuche. The whole of Nigeria is jubilating, people are popping champagne or tearing pure water satchets, our security forces are being given dabs on the back, their pictures splashed across newspapers as they bring in the Nyanya mastermind.
But the problem is this…nobody really knows why he is a suspect. No CCTV footage, no forensic evidence, nothing …. but yet roughly 4 weeks after the May 2nd deadly Nyanya bomb blasts, the SSS had already paraded 5 suspects to the press. Their pictures were splashed across blogs, newspapers and international media across the globe amidst the tag “GEJ is tackling boko haram.”
But for a government that has time and again bungled the handling of boko haram on much simpler issues … like the time they said the girls had been rescued only to find out that they were not … their ease and efficiency in this Nyanya case just does not add up. No details were provided by SSS as to what led them to these suspects, just confessions of the alleged accusing the alleged of allegedly bombing.
I call it our Na You Do Am Criminal Investigation Strategy where the police, SSS or the powers-that-be search for confessions instead of actually investigating. Where people run to the crowd and say na you do am until they
force get a confession from someone. And once they do, we the Nigerian people all go crazy with excitement.
No proof, no court hearing, no research by the journalists … just a cut and paste job for clicks.
But the SSS are not the only people capturing boko haram members Na You Do Am Criminal Investigation Strategy style. We have churches that are catching them now with Nationally televised confessions!
At the end of the day I do pray I am wrong. I do pray that these are really the suspects. I do pray that they lead us to Shekau so that we can send his ass to hell quicker. I do pray all these things.
But deep down in me, knowing the type of shady government we have, the one that shelled out several millions of dollars to build their image and supported by a cut-paste-and-ask-no-question journalism. A part of me calls bull on this. To me it seems like a publicity strategy.
Because once the camera flashes go numb … all we will hear is silence, no court proceeding, nothing …. Just silence. Just like the $20 billion case and like the Farouk Lawani court cases we will hear nothing and before you know 6 of the 6 victims will accidentally die in prison or go missing … cough cough.
That’s why I stay doubtful until I see the court hearings. Because it all does not add up. Its like SSS are going on orders to find people and they just go out and yell … na you do am!
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