#KakandaTemple: Between Terrorism and Terrorism – by @GimbaKakanda

Published:11 Jan, 2013

#KakandaTemple: Between Terrorism and Terrorism – by @GimbaKakanda

 

I’m devastated. I woke up in the morning of Friday, January 4,to the story of an unnamed student shot in Maiduguri. Like most Nigerians used to hearing news of assaults and atrocieties from the northeast, I muttered a prayer for the victim and returned to my business. My attention was drawn to the name about an hour later and, upon investigation, the victim turned out to be from my own family tree. Abdulmumin? My heartbeat stopped for a minute. Abdulmumin? I went for my phone at once. This very unlucky Nigerian isn’t another log of wood, not a mere statistic to be impersonally prayed for. This one is a brother.

 

Abdulmumin was my “school son” in secondary school. He was the most sociable student in our dormitory, and the truest dandy in our room. I was either three or four years his senior in school, but his knowledge of the vogue meant we relied on him for the latest songs, clothes, shoes and perfumes. Skip the next sentences please. (We used to dash to Abuja together from the Suleja-based boarding school to hang out with friends.) Our parents must not hear a word of that! But you must forgive this because, if what our clerics preach about purgatory is not exaggerated, the experiences there are just as found at government-owned boarding schools.

 

I began my enquiry on the online news media. At Sahara Reporters, that hub of sensationalism, Abudlmumin was merely “hurt”. Nothing more. Abdulmumin had been caught in a shootout between JTF soldiers and Boko Haram insurgents. Hurt. That Sahara Reporters didn’t sensationalise or investigate the story means that military brutality is, just like the many evils before it, already becoming non-news. At the Premium Times website, Abdulmumin was “hit by a stray bullet”. The stories kept coming, each with slightly different details, until friends and family of Abdulmumin intervened and thus contradicting narratives going viral on the cyberspace.

 

There were indeed no Boko Haram insurgents, they said. There was no shootout, they clarified. It was just another case of state authorised terrorism waged by the Joint Task Force, they accused. Abdulmumin, I learnt from their narratives, left Minna for Maiduguri on Thursday 3rd January 2013, with the post-holiday fervour (and fear, I assume) of settling down in that hotbed of terrorism. Vehicular movements are outlawed in Maiduguri from 9 pm but the bus that took Abdulmumin to Maiduguri didn’t beat the curfew regime, so the passengers passed the night at the Borno Express Park. It was on his way back to his base at 303, a private hostel in the university’s vicinity, in the early hours of the morning that he ran into that fate. Abdulmumin was in a taxi with other passengers and just as they approached a military checkpoint at Gwange quarter, the soldiers began to shoot at them. According to the narratives of eyewitnesses, the bullets that left those guns were not “stray”. They were “aimed”. And so they lodged a bullet in Abdulmumin’s head.

But, were they remorseful? The emerging stories scared me: When the taxi driver managed to stop and was forced out to lay face down, he reportedly called the attention of the soldiers to a shot passenger. “So what?” They responded, and then threatened to kill the driver if he misbehaved. That unfolding tragedy was checked only by the approach of the operation commander. Their exercise was, ironically, dubbed “Operation Restore Order”. The commander asked to know what happened and the soldiers gave that the taxi driver was speeding towards the checkpoint. Case one. The taxi driver told the commander that he didn’t see the soldiers, neither did he their checkpoint. Case two. In summary, the commander, God bless his heart, joined the driver in the taxi to have Abdulmumin rushed to the University Teaching Hospital where he is now a pitiable wreck in the Intensive Care Unit. Case closed? Oh no, the other passengers who were witnesses to that episode of human worthlessness were not dropped off. They were left with the soldiers!

 

What happened to the witnesses? London-based Nigerian blogger, Kayode Ogundamisi, shared a story of one of them. Hauwa Seidu, he wrote, was threatened with death if she dared say a word about what transpired. They then seized her identity card. The choice is left for her.

 

On the social networking media, all the Nigerians who commented on this flip of our history unanimously agreed that JTF is now a “government-endorsed terrorist group”, citing the security agent’s previous brutalities and killings, and clampdown on the media houses and journalists that reported on their exploits. This discord between JTF and the people to whom they consider themselves protectors seems to me a breach of trust. Oppression justifies terrorism, and much as these peace-keepers in khaki fail to set themselves apart from the ideologically hollow insurgents of Boko Haram, their opponents expand their reach. May God save us from us!

 


Gimba Kakanda

@gimbakakanda (on Twitter)

  • Yunusa JG

    You got the story spot on except the part
    Where the JTF commander left the victim
    And the taxi driver at the gate of UMTH
    All because he knew the repercussion of
    What his men had done. Abdul will live. In sha Allah.

  • My heart is heavy! It would have been my only sister; she left for Maiduguri to resume school @ Unimaid as well same day! My heart is heavy! When will this shit end? Oh Lord, save Abdulmumin, and save us from us.

  • jyde

    But do we blame dem I mean d jtf, if not for d boko haram would dey ve even exist in dat area. Let all d norther leaders work to eradicate d boko haram insurgent den we can den know d way forward, but if not issues like dis will surely repet itself may Allah protect us all.

  • ahmed

    I think our elders and especially Borno State Govt should be blamed for choosing to remain indifferent to the yearnings of the people. The state govt should raise up to defend its people from such attrocities

  • @P_Muye

    @jyde if u don’t know stuff pls keep quiet. What has happnd 2 abdul has happend and its only Allah we look on to for Justice. Bt hundreds of dis type of cases hv happnd in d past and if not checked will contnue happenin. Abdul is suppose 2 start his exams next 2 weeks bt he is now confined 2 a sick bed. We don’t knw wen he will be up. So d damage has already been done. JTF can’t reverse dat. We don’t need their visit. But Allah knows best. Watever is happenin in maiduguri its only Allah that knows. So the issue of boko haram or not. D JTF are now worse than boko haram bcos they are d ones we see every day killing innocent pple and harrasing them. We are all in danger. Nobody is safe. Our nothern leaders can keep keepin quiet and goodluck too can keep doin everything he is doin. Indeed. Karma will get to all of us. And Allah knows best. The tears they brought to the family of abdul will surely hunt them. We don’t need 2 say much.

  • Yunusa JG

    Thanks my brother @P_Muye. You got it spot on.

Related Posts

Recent Posts

2019: Jonathan’s Loyalists Seek Lifeline For PDP

Loyalists of former President Goodluck Jonathan are trying very hard to end the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general elections, it was learnt Saturday. The loyalists especially former ministers and governors during former administration of Jonathan were said to be visiting different state chapters of the PDP to seek reconciliation among aggrieved PDP members. It was was gathered that Jonathan’s men were working under the auspices of the Ministers’...

Nigerian Becomes First Female To Win VSO Award In UK

Oluwatosin Folarin has won the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) National Youth Volunteer Award for 2016 and is the first Nigerian to win this award.  The 23-year-old graduate was posted to Ilesa in Osun state with fifteen other volunteers for three months. VSO, an International Development Charity works to address poverty under which their volunteers were sent to work in rural communities in order to secure Livelihoods. At the ceremony which took place in the United Kingdom,...

Waziri Responds To Ribadu’s Accusation Of Frustrating Corruption Fight

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs Farida Waziri has challenged her predecessor in the commission Malam Nuhu Ribadu to give account of billions of funds and assets recovered from suspects under his watch as EFCC boss and stop using her name for cheap political cards. A statement signed by her Personal Assistant, Ms Omolara Oluremi on Saturday quotes Mrs Waziri as saying Ribadu had accused her of being ‘’part of his...

Abuja Carnival Providing Credible Platform For National Unity– Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says that the Abuja Carnival has continued to provide a credible platform for national unity, peaceful co-existence and understanding of our ethnically and culturally diverse nation. Buhari said this at the opening of the 2016 Abuja Carnival, with the theme; “The Creative Industry: A Pivot to Economic Growth” in Abuja on Saturday. According to him, the present quest for authentic and homegrown approach to national security, peace and harmony, as well as...

Nigeria, Morocco To Build Gas Pipeline Link

Nigeria and Morocco on Saturday resolved to jointly promote a gas pipeline that will connect the two countries and some other African countries. This was one of the agreement reached during the three-day visit of Moroccan King President Mohammed VI. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Geoffrey Onyema, disclosed this to reporters on Saturday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Onyema said the...

Buhari Hails Victorious Super Falcons

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigeria’s Super Falcons on their victory over the senior female football team of Cameroon at the final game of the women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Yaounde. The president described the hard-earned victory over the Indomitable Lionesses as “very sweet and well-deserved”. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Mr. Buhari commended the Falcons for their “indomitable spirit, resilience and team work” which...

Popular Yoruba actress, Mulikat Adegbola is dead.

Veteran Yoruba actress, Mulikat Adegbola is dead. Adegbola popularly known as Ashabi Iya Adinni died of brief illness. Nollywood actor, Muyiwa Ademola broke the sad news via his instagram page. According to him:“This is quite sad but who are we to question the Almighty? Sleep on Iya Adinni.May the Almighty forgive your sins.” She is popular for her roles in movies like “Ìlù gángan” (2009), “Ogbologbo” (2003) and“Ogbologbo 2” (2003).

Abuja Carnival records poor turnout

The Abuja Carnival which began on Saturday recorded poor turnout of FCT residents. Some of the residents who spoke with the ?News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the carnival should not be the priority of the Federal Government, and that measures should be taken to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians. NAN reports that this year’s carnival was devoid of the usual funfare that used to characterise the event. NAN also observed that some designated streets of the FCT that were usually decorated...

JUST IN: Shehu Sani blames El-Rufai for attack on campaign office

Kaduna State senator, Shehu Sani, on Saturday said the attack on his campaign office in Kaduna was carried out by men working for Governor Nasir el-Rufai. The office was invaded by armed men on Saturday morning. Witnesses said police arrived quickly and stopped the attackers from torching the building. The senator said the attack took place as his social media aides held a meeting. No casualties were immediately reported. Mr. Sani blamed the attack on Mr. el-Rufai in a statement on Saturday afternoon. “Some few...

Kwara Government To Commence Construction of KWASU Campuses in Osi, Ilesha-Baruba

The Kwara State government has approved the construction of two campuses for the Kwara State University in Osi and Ilesha-Baruba at a contract sum of N2.8billion. The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alhaji Mahmud Ajeigbe, who announced this during a media briefing on Friday, said that the projects will be implemented through through a PPP model under the Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK). He stressed that the State government is committed towards ensuring that the university is continually repositioned in order...

Kwara State: Police launches public complaint response unit.

The Kwara State Police Command, in an attempt to ensure that the officers comply with the change begins with me policy of the federal government has launched a unit called ‘Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit’. This is planned to ensure that members of the public are not cheated or maltreated in anyway. The State Commissioner of Police, Olushola Amore, who led other officers in a walk around the major streets and roads in the state capital Ilorin distributed pamphlets to motorists...

Gang hacks nursing mother to death, sells five-month old baby for N300,000

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, yesterday paraded four alleged notorious crime Syndicate who specialised in armed robberies, murder and child theft for crime bothering on hacking a nursing mother to death, smashing the husband’s head with an axe and stealing their five months old baby.   The CP told newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, that the suspects sold the infant for N300,000 to an already waiting buyer in Okporo community in the Orlu local Government Area...

Illegal Recruitment: Kwara State Government to sanction indicted officials

Five individuals indicted for the illegal recruitment of 971 workers into Kwara State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) are to face disciplinary action. Addressing journalists on Friday after the State Executive Council(SEC) meeting, the State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Engr. Musa Yeketi, noted that the affected officials had recruited workers in excess of the number approved by the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed. According to Yeketi, two of the indicted officers are retired, while the remaining three are still...

Arsenal to make decision on Cazorla future in January

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will make a decision about Santi Cazorla’s future at the club come January. The experienced midfielder’s contract at the Emirates Stadium is due to expire at the end of the season and he has been heavily linked with a move to Atletico Madrid in recent months. Arsenal have an option to extend his stay at the club, though, and Wenger is adamant the 31-year-old’s injury problems do not play a role in deciding whether Cazorla will stay,...

Ifako/Ijaiye residents resort to trekking over restrictions

Residents of Iju-Ishaga, Ogba, Agege and Ifako/Ijaiye areas on Saturday resorted to trekking due to partial road restrictions resulting into heavy traffic over the ongoing Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency By-election in Lagos. There was heavy traffic along Agege/Ogba and Fagba axes; shops were also closed and security men with patrol vans were seen in the areas. Some of the residents who spoke to NAN lamented low publicity as they were not aware of the by-election. Mr Seye Adeoti, a civil servant, said that...

FRSC Officials To Start Bearing Arms

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it is taking steps to arm its roadside personnel for their safety.   The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, made this known after detailing an increased rate of personnel casualties at the commission.   This was one of the issues that emanated from the year-ending strategy session convened by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).   Bringing together all state commanders and sector heads of the FRSC, Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi noted...

Damaturu IDP camp records 22 marriages, 81 deliveries in 20 months

No fewer than 22 marriage contracts were sealed and 81 babies delivered in the past 20 months at the Pompomari Internally Displaced Persons camp in Damaturu,  Executive Secretary, Yobe Emergency Management Agency, Musa Jidawa , has disclosed. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu on Saturday that the camp, established in March 2015 for IDPs from villages in Gujba Local Government Area displaced by insurgents, also recorded 18 deaths during the period under review. Mr. Jidawa, who is also...

Bodies of Chapecoense crash victims reach Brazil for memorial.

The victims of the Colombian air crash which killed 71 people including almost a football squad, arrived in Brazil on Saturday for a memorial. The bodies left the airport in the Colombian city of Medellin on Friday and were accompanied by representatives of Colombia’s civil aviation authority, soldiers, police officers and rescue workers. Among those killed were 19 first-team players from Brazilian football team Chapecoense. The club will hold a stadium memorial service at its Arena Conda later on Saturday. The stadium’s capacity...

Boko Haram has taught us unforgettable lessons – Ndume

The Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, has said people from Boko Haram affected areas have learnt unforgettable lesson, realised their mistakes and would never allow such to happen again. Mr. Ndume, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Yola on Saturday, said that affected communities who were forced to leave their villages and towns are now anxious to return home and were ready to fight back. NAN reports that Mr. Ndume was in Yola , where...

Gambia’s president-elect promises two-term limit for presidency.

Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow on Saturday vowed to work for national unity and economic growth after power was peacefully transferred in the small West African nation for the first time in its history. The real estate mogul pledged to introduce an independent judiciary, promote media freedom, establish a two-term limit for the presidency and make the civil service transparent and accountable. He said that political prisoners would be freed and a truth and reconciliation process to “amend past injustices” launched. “The position...

Eko Disco apologises to Lagos residents for prolonged blackout

The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company on Saturday apologised to customers for continuous shortage of electricity supply. A statement by Godwin Idemudia, the company’s Head of Corporate Communications in Lagos, blamed the shortage on a drastic reduction in the amount of electricity coming to EKEDC from the national grid. According to the statement, the company could only distribute what was allocated to it from the national grid. “We are, therefore, appealing to all our customers to bear with us as we...