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The Killing Of Somochukwu Ibeanusi And The Carelessness Of Nigerian Security Officials

By Adejumo Kabir

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson

In 2012, Ademola Ade, who was one of those who protested former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s removal of subsidy, was killed in Lagos by a Nigerian Police Officer.

Recently, on 26th of August, 2017, Samtochukwu Ibeanusi, a 10 year old boy was allegedly shot by soldiers during the forceful demolition of Owerri main market by Imo State Government under the leadership of Rochas Okorocha.

After reading the news, making some calls to hear from friends present at the scenario and the gist of how security officials attacked journalists, I resolved to the words of Henry Kissinger that: “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy”.

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The same military men who are yet to conquer Boko Haram rebellion against NIgeria shot a youngster during the demolition of Owerri Main market.

Even the court order to demolish the market does not in any form warrant shooting at citizen of the country.

The military denied Somochukwu his right to life. What could a ten year old boy have done wrong? What justified shooting?

Governor Okorocha has been spotted several times in market during electioneering process snapping pictures with these marketers. They cherish the masses during elections and denied them of their lives after election.

Hmm, they are nothing but half-baked humans with no genuine love of the country at heart. They are populists, opportunists and self-seeking nincompoops whose stock-in trade is deceit.

Rest in peace Samtochukwu Ibeanusi.

Adejumo Kabir, a Journalist and Public Affairs Analyst writes  from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

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