Nowadays, there is no certainty about anything, especially stuff that carry the Nigeria Police stripes but advertises itself as emanating from a platform in the United States.
But, nothing to worry about. If Nigeria’s Police chief made this statement, he has merely provided food for thoughts for human rights activists on the one hand and everyone else eager to see the back of bandits and sundry bearers of violence. Researchers and students of critical security studies would also feast on the statement just as criminologists too would.
It may as well be the first time the incumbent IGP is issuing a manifesto. He has been rather quiet, relatively speaking. If that is true, then crime intelligence and policy experts would be part of the assemblage drawn to the statement. They would be keen to explore which is preferable: a quiet police chief or a talkative one and which variant has served Nigeria better since 1999.
Although we do not know when exactly the statement was made, Alhaji Usman Baba himself is a recent appointment, meaning the statement is inherently inviting of all the customers. Any one statement capable of acting as a summoning for such a large audience must pack intellectual and policy imports. It is open to debate if anybody has time for an intellectually complicated statement such as this at a time of grave security breaches across the length and breadth of Nigeria, the point is that there can be no success in the war against bandits without a grand framework. Although this is an operational framework, a framework is a framework.
It would, therefore, be interesting to see how Nigerians score the IGP, using this statement as entry point!