BY HENRY UMORU & JOSEPH ERUNKE
ABUJA — THE Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Mr. Chidoka Osita, yesterday took a swipe at the Judiciary on the handling of importation of illegal arms by the owner of Amigo Super market in Abuja, expressing dissatisfaction at the manner the case was handled.
Speaking when he appeared before the Committee on National Security at the ongoing National Conference on how the services of the commission could be repositioned, Osita, who noted that it was only in Nigeria such a case could be determined in such way, stressed that in other countries, the foreigners involved in the illegal arms would have been deported by the government.
Chidoka, who decried the nation’s security record keeping, said he was surprised that foreigners involved in illegal arms importation in Kano returned to their businesses.
“Some people were caught in Kano with keeping arms underground, these were tried and they are backed to their normal businesses. There is nowhere in the world where such people will not be deported,” he said.
The Corps Marshal said his only concern was that there was need, when the case was going on, to go to Kano, but challenged the judiciary to tell Nigerians what they would like to see as evidences when people bring terrorism case to the court.
“The Judge said there was no need and he later said the SSS did not provide enough evidences,” Chidoka said.
It will be recalled that co-owner of Amigo Supermarket, Mustapha Fawaz, and three other Lebanese, were charged for terrorism and alleged importation of firearms but Magistrate Muyiwa Oyeyipo of the Chief Magistrate Court in Karu, an Abuja suburb, in June last year stuck out the suit, following an application by the prosecutor, Cliff Osagie.
Reacting to Chidoka’s allegation, a member of the committee and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Daman D Dodo, faulted the allegation and immediately asked Mr. Chidoka to withdraw his position.
Another delegate, who is a former director of DSS, stood by Mr. Chidoka when he asked him not to withdraw his statement.
The committee member said Chidoka was a Nigerian and that Nigerians people had the right to comment on any judgement of the court.
In his own, former governor of old Borno State, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, who also shared his ugly experience in Nigerian court, told Chidoka not to withdraw his position, adding that he believed that the Judiciary in Nigeria was not doing enough.