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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

I Hate Nigeria Police Force, Since My Father Died, We Have Dropped Out Of School – Says 7-Year-Old Son Of A Police Officer Buried Alive By Mob

Seven yeay old Goodluck, whose Police Inspector father, Sunday Musa, was buried alive by a mob in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, when he responded to a distress call alongside some other policemen in November last year, has said that he hates the police force and would never pursue a career in the force. Rather, he said, he would like to become a lawyer.
Speaking amid sobs in a chat with a correspondent, Goodluck said that he ordinarily would have liked to pursue the same career as his father, but he observed that Nigerians have no respect for policemen in spite of the risks they take to protect the lives and property of citizens.

The seven-year-old, who said he was passing through a lot of trauma over his father’s death, told online correspondents that he could not believe it the first time he was told that a mob had buried his father alive while he was on a rescue mission. He said: “Initially, I did not believe it when I heard that my daddy was buried alive. He was armed with a fully loaded AK 47 rifle, but he did not fire a shot because he believed that he was under pledge to protect lives and property. “He did not fire a shot at the crowd. The wicked people came, collected his rifle and buried him alive. Each night I think about what my father passed through in the hands of wicked people, I do nothing but cry uncontrollably.

“I hate police and I will not like to become a police officer. I will like to become a lawyer to rescue helpless people with the law and not with weapons of war like guns or rifles.” Talking about his family, he said: “My father married only my mother and she had four children. We are two boys and two girls. The eldest of us, Jennifer, is 14, Dorathy is 12, I am seven while Victor, the youngest of us, is five. “Now other people are in school while we are at home because there is no money to go to school. We stopped going to school the moment our father was buried. We were living in Ojodu Berger, Lagos, when our father was alive, but now we have relocated to our village in Idah, Kogi State. My mother is a complete house wife.

“My father was murdered in Ibeju Lekki on 29th November 2016 and was buried on 23rd September 2017. They are talking about official benefits, burial expenses, insurance benefit, corporative benefits including the Lagos State Government promise of N10 million for fallen heroes who died in active service, but we have not seen a dime up till now that I’m talking to you. “We are suffering. No money for our education. Even feeding and other basic things of life are out of our reach because of our father’s death. “We heard from the print and electronic media that other victims in the same circumstance have been paid the N10 million and other benefits.

I don’t know why my father’s case is different. Why are they treating my father’s case like that? “His case was most pitiable. He went to rescue people and the people he went to rescue held him and buried him alive. He was armed yet he respected the oath he took as a police officer, which is to protect lives and property. “He paid with his own life. He was murdered and his family is still in pains because there is no comfort from anywhere yet. 

“I know that I am still a boy, but what happened to my father has made me an old man. It is devastating, but God gave me the courage to talk to you in an adult’s voice. So I am no more a small boy at seven after witnessing the most horrible episode in my life. “My father served his country with his life, but today, Nigeria Police has not encouraged me to bear the cross of my father. That is why I told you that I hate Nigeria Police. How can I think of serving my country by becoming a police officer when police officers and their families are not protected? “I want to become a lawyer to protect, defend or rescue the downtrodden with the law and not with the rifle.”. 

Credit: The Nation

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