Location: Ogba, Lagos State
Lastma Officials accost a civilian who used his mobile phone to film them (apparently they had been engaged in nefarious acts). They drag him like a criminal, seize his phone, tried to access it( probably to delete whatever he might have caught them doing) and then called the police. A policeman arrives and first thing he does is to slap the civilian and then the civilian is bundled into a waiting tricycle and taken to only God knows where.
Location: Akute, Ogun State
In a long queue in a bank premises, an elderly man is peeved and venting his frustration on the government. Apparently the state governor who some years back had embarked on building a bridge and in the process demolished houses and â€œdestroyed the roadâ€ had said that the project is a federal project and as such the paucity in the release of funds and the project being abandoned. The elderly man queried why the governor would have embarked on a â€œdemolition and destructionâ€ project which would be abandoned after thousands have been affected by the projects; those who lost their houses, their businesses and their lives and those who ply the route every day.
Now, letâ€™s break it all down to the basics. These incidences mentioned above are true life events and they share a particular trait; these events took place in Nigeria. And interesting traits shared by these events are the lawlessness, lack of empathy and the brutal rape and lack of regard for the citizen.Â The Lastma official is charged with traffic management and not with arrest of â€œoffenders of crime or anything not related to trafficâ€. So why would a Lastma official then rough handle a citizen and seize his phone? Even a policeman cannot just seize anybodyâ€™s phone. He needs first to obtain a warrant from a judge or the Commissioner of Police (as the case might be in Nigeria). That a policeman would then arrive and proceed to assault the civilian is what exactly is wrong with the country, with the system and most especially with each and every one of us.