By Ebele Orakpo

Nigeria is in trouble indeed!” declared Ahmed in the Lagos-bound commuter bus.

“Na today? Nigeria has been in trouble for God knows how long. It’s just that it is getting worse,” said John.

“It has never been this bad. Imagine a country where law enforcement agents are no longer safe, so what happens to the common man?”  Luka asked, referring to the massacre of 103 policemen in Nasarawa State.

“But it’s their fault! It’s failure of intelligence,” said Ahmed.

“How could you say a thing like that? Please show some respect to the departed,” noted Mary.

“Yes, but the truth must be told. We cannot continue to live in denial,” insisted Ahmed.

“Although failure of intelligence could be blamed but not entirely in the case of the Nasarawa massacre,” said Luka.

“The law enforcement agents should have seen it coming,” said Ahmed.

Asked John: “How do you mean?”

Replied Ahmed: “Sometime ago, some soldiers were drafted to the place to deal with those guys once and for all, but do you know what happened?”

“How are we supposed to know when we were not there? Tell us,” quipped Mary.

Continued Ahmed: “The soldiers could not handle them even with all their sophisticated weapons.”  “How? The bad guys over-powered them?” asked John.

“What happened was that as the soldiers were shooting, the guys were practically catching the bullets with bare hands as they advanced towards the soldiers until they got to them, disarmed them and one of them  used a gun taken from a soldier to shoot the soldier in the arm. The guns were released to the soldiers after much pleas,” replied Ahmed.

“Hmm, that’s serious juju,” commented Mary.

“Abeg, abeg, abeg! Tales by moonlight. Go tell it to the marines!” Luka sneered.

“Hold it Luka! It’s not tales by moonlight. It could have happened. I remember a lawyer also blaming the police for being the cause of the calamity that befell them because they failed to nip it in the bud,” said Markus.

“The lawyer said he was on his way to Benue State via Nasarawa State and at one point, he noticed a police checkpoint with armed policemen. A few metres away, some criminals were burning down houses and the police pretended not to see. It was like they had an agreement with the guys that they could go on with their nefarious activities so long as they don’t block the road or harm travellers. The man said he was shocked to the bones.”

“You mean this?” asked John. Said Deji: “In that case, if we believe in African juju, there was nothing the police could have done. That was juju warfare, not gun. They made a very wise decision. May be they heard the tales of woe by the soldiers and decided to respect themselves.” ”Exactly! They shouldn’t have gone in the first place knowing they were not equipped for such battle,” said Ahmed.

“You know what? I don’t believe this story. If they see correct weapons, they will surrender,” said Luka, to which Mary replied thus: “Your skepticism does not change the fact. It’s just like arguing that there is no heaven or hell.”

“There are so many such groups in this country and the earlier the intelligence officers get to work, the better for us all,” stated Ahmed.

“But my question is; since this group is so fortified, why don’t they fight the Boko Haram guys?” asked Deji.

“Na the same papa born them,” replied Mary.

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