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By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo

The wise saying that “Nine days for thief and one day for the owner of farm” caught up with a suspected cable thief in Ikot Ekpene Business Unit of Port Harcourt Electricity Distributing Company (PHED) as he was electrocuted on the act.

Eye witness account has it that the vandal met his waterloo in the early hours of today, Wednesday while trying to disconnect light from the high tension wire along old Itu Road in Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Ekpene local government area of the state.

The culprit, whose lifeless body after being trapped, was seen early in the morning by the residents of the area is alleged to be one the syndicates whose stalk in trade is to vandalize public utility cables (electrical installations) and sell to their ready buyers.
Their activities, an eyewitness said have been one of the reasons of frequent power outage in the area, inspite of the state government efforts to ensure power for all agenda.

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Narrating the problem the area was made to go through as a result of the activities of these electrical installation vandals, one Ime Samuel, a resident of the area said, “Our light has not been stable, and each time we took complaints to them, they would blame cable thieves and asked us to contribute money for it to be fixed”.

Cable thief electrocuted in Akwa Ibom

“Nine days for the thief and one day for the owner. Good for the man on his way to hell”, Aniefiok Sunday, a beer pub owner exclaimed, lamenting that “sometimes for months there won’t be light and, and because there is power to chill our drinks, patronage is always low. People would prefer to go to the nearby Ikot Ekpene town to enjoy their cash”.

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It was learnt that the syndicates from the neighbouring Aba, Abia state, work in collaboration with Akwa Ibom collaborators, to perpetuate the crime.

“The always come from Aba in Abia state, using our local collaborators here to vandalize underground cables and other electricity installations. Because of this, we made efforts to form vigilante group, but we discovered the vandalization continues due to some informants among them”, Enobong Ekanem, a member of the local youths’ group recalled.

Although PHED in Uyo, the state capital was yet to come up with official statement on the incident but information from the area confirmed that the lifeless body of thief has recovered by the police in Ikot Ekpene Area Command and taken away.

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A lady caused a stir on social media after she shared photos from her private wedding.
From the photos she shared, it appears the only people present at the wedding were the bride, her husband, and the officiating Minister.

The said bride posted the photos and wrote;

”My perfect little private wedding”
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We Re Fortified, We Can Destroy Bandits – Female hunter, NHC tell Govt

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Katsina State Chapter of the Nigeria Hunters Council, NHC, has volunteered to assist the State Government in winning the war against banditry in the State.

Hajiya Ummah Dauda, the Assistant Commandant General (ACG), made the pledge on Thursday, when she led other members of the association on a courtesy call to the office of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa.

While unveiling their mission to the office of the SSG, ACG Ummah revealed that they are members of the group of warriors who hunt and know the forest and they are ready to sacrifice their lives for the cause.

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“As hunters, we know the forest very well and the truth is we are in a better position to help the government in fighting bandits. Besides, our members are well fortified and bullets cannot penetrate us. We are trained warriors, and fighters.

“That is why we are appealing to the government to carry us along in their bid to tame the menace of banditry experienced in the state

“Our work force in each local government areas are more than a hundred. In some LGAs, we have over one hundred hunters and all of them are warriors.

We Re Fortified, We Can Destroy Bandits – Female hunter, NHC tell Govt

“Some of our members here single-handedly arrested bandits in the past and handed them to security operatives.

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“Sir, with the kind permission of the state government, we are ready to hit the forest and fish out these bandits even right now,” ACG Ummah declared.

However, she used the opportunity to call on the state government to avail them an office space among other needs to make their work effective.

In his remarks, the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa thanked ACG Ummah and her team for volunteering to help the government in the fight against the menace of bandits in the state, noting that security is everybody’s business in the state and that the government is ready to cooperate with all genuine intending persons or group in crippling the menace of bandits in the State.

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Mustapha also added that the government would explore the possibility of getting them involved in the ongoing onslaught against hoodlums in the state.

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Why Gov Bala Mohammed Should Do More For Bauchi Police

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By Haruna Mohammed Salisu

Security is everybody’s business. It’s your business and it’s my business. It’s Wakili’s business and Ngozi is not left out. It’s Alabi’s business just as it should be Bala’s business. It concerns all of us. We are all in it together. When Bauchi is insecure, Alabi will lose sleep just as Bala’s eyes will not get some catnapping too.

When Bala spent N50 to erect road to Haruna’s village; Bala should remember to reserve N10 to guard the road against retrogressive forces threatening Wakili’ quest to ply the road. When Bauchi is insecure, the infrastructural facilities built by Bala will not benefit Ngozi and Wakili is also left out too.

Self and collective security should be everyone’s priority. An insecure society is on its way to self-extinct. It should worry all of us, and all of us must complement the effort of security agencies to fish out criminal elements in our society. We should defy the blame game. We must take responsibility and act in our individual and collective ways. Evading responsibilities and pushing blame will never help us. If Haruna has mustered the courage to remind Bala Mohammed of the need to do the needful via his pen, Bala Mohammed should not characterize the write-up as “mischievous”, he should listen and complement Alabi’s effort by doing more for Alabi’s boys to secure us.

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This is because Alabi’s boys are making a lot of sacrifices for us to sleep. They are awake throughout the night even when mosquitoes are on the rampage. They are outside under the rains just as they remain outside under the sizzling sun. The windy weather and breezy cold did not spare Alabi’s boys either. Their cars are in tatters; sometimes they lack the most basic equipment to function properly. Their allowance is nothing to go by when one recognizes the rising inflation and cost of food. They deep hands in their pockets to buy expensive food to feed.

Like any other person, the police are human beings who have families to cater for. They have children to feed. They have old ones at home that depend on them for survival. They have wives, children, parents and other relatives to feed, educate and shelter. They equally have their natural constituency to serve—which is to secure all of us. Leaving them under terrible working conditions is the greatest pretence and dis-service we can do to ourselves as a people. They cannot police us when the conditions within which they operate is not healthy.

Look, I’m very conscious of the fact that it’s not within Bala’s purview to address all these problems I have mentioned. I know it’s a national pandemic that must be addressed. I equally know that Gov Bala has done well for the police by giving a substantial number of vehicles to the force.

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Why Gov Bala Mohammed Should Do More For Bauchi Police

To be fair to Bala Mohammed, he has done so much—at least in comparison to others. We still bear the brunt of the wasted four years. But Bala Mohammed must remember that his investment in the areas of infrastructural development could only make meaning under a peaceful atmosphere. Unfortunately, the relative peace being enjoyed in Bauchi State for years is being threatened by forces of doom who continue to antagonize meaningful progress.

These forces of doom need to be confronted by superior fire-power under a strong and motivated police force—and the only way to do that is to invest in security just like the state continue to invest in infrastructure. It’s significantly clear that under our federal system as it stands now, the police is controlled and funded by the central government. But states most, in their own interest, compliments the efforts of the central government by supporting security agencies, particularly the police with not just vehicles and other working tools, but with stipends to motivate them.

Of recent, I had interacted with many police officers in the state, and from the conversations, I had with some of them, the terrible working conditions that is visible by any interested spectator is quite worrisome. It is a natural de-motivating factor for many of them. We cannot continue to pretend that our police are equipped to arrest the evolving security challenges we continue to face as a people.

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The Katsina and Zamfara-like atmosphere is highly likely in Bauchi if the right thing is not done to avert the disaster. In my humble opinion, one of the ways to do that is to motivate the Police—with a monthly stipend since it is public knowledge that their salaries and allowances are nothing to ride home about.

Bauchi for example can borrow Lagos’ model by establishing Trust Funds where workers’ salaries can be deducted in mean percentages like the BASOVCA Model. The state can also bring its wealthy individuals and big business owners including Tech Companies and Banks to contribute to its Trust Funds.

These kinds of initiatives will contribute in no small measure not just to secure Bauchi State, but also to restore investors’ confidence who might be willing to put in their money on many investment opportunities that abound in the state. A stitch in time saves nine, they say!
Haruna writes from Bauchi. He can be reached via 08063180608

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