By Azubuike Ihemeje Esq
We have plenty hidden, unsung, unrecognized crisis prevention managers around, but we hardly ever think, reflect or take care to notice.
Men with pedigree and determination to prevent, rather than always waiting to solve crisis.
Let me illustrate and buttress the importance of preventing crimes with just two seemingly insignificant real life events which occurred in Rivers State, about late 2019 or early last year.
2nd December, 2019
Former Area Commander,
Oraifite Anambra State, Late ACP Oliver Abbey who was killed by suspected members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) was set to be buried in his hometown, Bonny Local Government of Rivers State on Thursday, 26th December, 2019.
The entire area was charged with tension and palpable confusion, apprehension and fears, ostensibly due to the planned reprisal attack by most naturally aggrieved members of Bonny communities, who perceived the untimely death of their son as an onslaught meted on them by Igbo people generally.
They vowed to kill every single Igbo person in Bonny, and plunder their properties.
Information got to the then commissioner of Police, Rivers State.
Mr. Commissioner of Police swiftly and proactively contacted the king of Bonny and his council. They met and talked. They also talked with everyone who mattered that midnight breaking into the morning of the planned attack.
Simultaneously, the CP mobilized all the police tactical teams to Bonny a day before.
The entire beautiful island became heavily policed and secured.
They remain for a while until every emotion and passion cooled off.
At the end, what would have turned out as genocide or ethnic killings was proactively prevented;
NOT solved ooh.
There was no news about it.
No screaming headlines.
Nobody took cognizance of this huge achievement that would have cost billions of dollars to solve if it had been allowed to fester.
About 26th of February 2020, I had just returned to Portharcourt, driving towards Hotel Presidential, I witnessed serious upheavals all over the environment.
Because it wasn’t dramatic enough, it wasn’t escalated out of proportion.
Payments of huge amounts of billions weren’t involved, like the banditry racketeering.
We took no notice of this.
But, if the security situation had degenerated to throwing stones, bombs or bullets,
we would have looked for those who would be wearing combats, and be posing before cameras as super cops, and powerful crime fighters.
For instance, soon as that Crime Preventing CP was redeployed out of Rivers State,
the entire security situation collapsed at the hands of one very useless, corrupt, lousy, docile, and completely inept and good-for-nothing man, who brought absolutely nothing positive but ruin and insecurities.
I’ll exhaustively discuss how the later destroyed the entire fine security structure he inherited, at a later time. Especially, on a day that I’ve eaten enough to stomach most of the horrible and detestable things he perpetrated.
For the benefit of those who may not be acquainted with Rivers State then, that crisis-and-crimes-preventing Commissioner of Police in the two crime prevented events, i narrated earlier, is now AIG Mustapha Dandaura
He is the unsung hero among the Nigeria Police today.
His attitude towards crimes, and criminals is totally blind to tribe.
His tolerance to evil is zero.
His threshold towards whosoever involved in terris total annihilation. No negotiations!
If we recommend this fine officer to serve as the next Inspector General of Police, so as to replicate in larger scale, same achievements he recorded in Rivers State, some of you will start shouting; nepotism, nepotism.
And they may be right, given the antecedent of the previous appointments in the country.
But, let me reiterate this emphatically;
Appointment of AIG Mustapha Dandaura as the next IGP shall be by far, the best and most positively beneficial nepotism,
which would eventually turn into blessings for the greatest number of Nigerians, who now groan under the heavy insecurities in the country.
I strongly believe this based on concrete evidence of his solid track records, records he built largely on crime prevention, not necessarily waiting for the time for solving.
I know, in Nigeria, we have one of the most distorted reward system.
We even reward people for solving the problems they failed to prevent.
These are the issues.
One of the dilemma of being efficient in work or duties.
If you solve problems, you will be praised, or even promoted; but if you prevent problems, they’re rarely noticed.
So to be seen as super performers, many allow problems to fester instead of preventing or resolving immediately they rear their heads.
People who solve problems get the Employee of the Year awards, those who prevent problems may not even get a pat on the back.
In the subsequent post, I’ll devote more on his fine views about this unending bokoharam, banditry racketeerings, herdsmen and all.
Sorry for this lengthy digression please.
As Kwara State grapples with their very avoidable religious crisis, it is my wish for them, that the authorities act swiftly to stem the waves of criminalities and impunity already building up, so as to prevent the situation from further escalation.