Writing for the Media by Yushau A. Shuaib

RE: Policing the Police
Profile of the Author
Corper's Letter
Youths Speak out
NYSC At 20
After NYSC
Taming the Elders
Success in Youth Service
Islam on Hair
Sharia: Civilisation and Belief
Suffering and Smiling Award
Memo to Armed Robbers
Imperative of PR
Political PR
News Cartel
PR Dilemma
Nigeria's Image
PR Analysis of Rejoinder
OBJ-Atiku and Media
Woman as Spokesperson
Voice of Nigeria
In Memory of Gen. Idiagbon
Bank Lending
Zahradeen of BUK
Prince is Gone
Gone not Forgotten
Bola Ige
Acadamic governor
A Plane Crashes
Haba Governor Lawal
OBJ, Buhari, Gani and Others
Nzeribe for Senate President?
Hamman Tukur and Honours
Constitutional Contravention
Economic Slavery
Revenue Formula
Excess Oil Earning
Letter to LGs
Privatisation to Demolition
Igbo Politics and Hollywood Movie
Politics of Revenue Formula
Defence of Saudi
America: A Muslim Perception
419 and the Rest of Us
Miss World: Between the Queen and Child
A Trip to London
FIFA, Faith and Fanaticism
Obasanjo's Foreign Trip
A Visit to Mecca
Letter to Muslims on US-Iraq War
Foreign and Our Legislators
Saddam and Arab's Humiliation
RE: Policing the Police
Re: Councilors' Pay
Re: Oil Windfall Palaver
Re: Speak Again on NNPC
Letters to Editor
Fiction and Romance
Re: Defence of Saudia
Re: Corper's Letter
RE: Taming the Elders
RE: Oil Windfall Palaver
RE: Igbo Politics and Movies
Reactions to Author's Email
Reviews on Novel
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The Democrat Sept 17, 1991

I enjoy reading the attack and counter attack (rejoinder) on the above subject matter. The first appeared in the opinion page of your widely read newspaper of July 15th, 1991 and was written by one Mr. James Ogah explaining the wrong actions of the police force, while the attack on it, “Re: Policing the Police” was launched by one Dama Kolo from Sokoto in the Democrat of August 21, 1991.

The second writer, who though claimed not to be in the police force, wrote to paint a good image of the Force which to him is innocent and does not deserve the public victimization and the malicious write-up by the first writer. This prompted me into sending my opinion on this sensitive topic.

I may agree with Mr. Kolo that a police station is not a bank, in reproving the assertion made by Mr. Ogah. The reason advanced by Mr. Kolo is that the police force is not a financial institution. Yet it is not known or created to be a financial institution, not even in name. With covert and overt styles of extorting money from offenders and members of the public who for reason of protection and security, come to lodge complaints, make the public assume that the police station is not only a mere bank but also an insurance corporation. They receive bribes, for instance from drivers of commuter vehicles, for assurance and guarantee of easy liberation whenever they get into their nets.

Not only that, the police station is also a black market where properties recovered from the public (like from the hawkers and road side dealers) are sold arbitrarily and illegally to other members of the public and sometimes freely given to their cronies and relatives.

With the foregoing, we could understand why Mr. Kolo wrote that through his experience in many states of the federation, that he had never seen or heard where a police station becomes a bank. This shows his misunderstanding of the concept of banking. He should not expect a poor villager who has a saving-locker where he keeps and withdraws his money to register with the Central Bank first before being entitled to call his money locker a bank.

In paragraph seven, Mr. Ogah mentioned that “it is clear the police of the present generation cannot be deceived by the value of the Naira.” This he made in reference to an insinuation over the allegation of corruption against the investigating police officers by Mr. James. Though I don’t know what generation of Nigerian police he is attempting to make a comparison with. If it is the past generation of police, then he should read the history of dedicated and committed hardworking policemen and women who participated in the struggle for Nigeria to achieve her independence. Nigerian historians and political analysts would tell him that there was no pint of corruption in the force in the yesteryears, for to give or receive bribes was bizarre then and was like committing a great offence in that era.

In a concluding paragraph to the rejoinder, I could not but roll on the floor with uncontrollable laughter when the writer mentioned that the police are the greatest enemies of criminals. If the writer has not come across stories of policemen caught stealing, raping young girls, or helping others to commit such crimes, he must, if he has been current on Nigerian happenings, have heard of a dare devil police officer in the name of ASP Iyamu of the then Bendel State Police Force who was convicted and executed for conspiring with Nigeria’s most wanted criminals, Anini and Monday Osunbor in armed robbery.

I call on those who blindly commend the Nigeria Police to desist from such praise singing until they improve in their attitudes and conducts. The men and women in the force must be told of their sins for truthful reflection.  

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