News like these make my mind go wondering what kind of Police Academy Training the Nigerian Police force gives its members. Between the obvious, application of IQ and total stupidity, where are they?
The story began when a goat was detained for attempted armed robbery. The rant was that the armed robbery turned into a goat when he and his friends attempted to steal a car. His other friends escaped, so the goat was caught and brought to the police station.
Written by Demola Akinyemi
Friday, 23 January 2009
*For attempting to ‘steal’ a Mazda car
It was a shocking sight yesterday as men of the Kwara State Police Command paraded a goat as an armed robbery suspect. The goat “suspect” is being detained over an alleged attempt to snatch a Mazda car. The mysterious goat, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tunde Mohammed, while briefing bewildered journalists at the Force headquarters, is an armed robber who attempted to snatch the said car, Wednesday night, and later transformed into the goat in a bid to escape arrest.
He explained that men of a vigilance group in Anifowose Ipata/Oloje areas of the state capital had chased two armed robbery suspects who wanted to demobilise the Mazda car with the intention of stealing it, and
“while one of them escaped, the other was about to be apprehended by the team when he turned his back on the wall and turned to this goat. They quickly grabbed the goat and here it is.’’ Mohammed said.
The police spokesman said the goat “armed robbery suspect” will not be left off the hook until investigations into the case are concluded.
He also said that no fewer than five stolen vehicles have been recovered by the state Police Command while some suspects were also arrested. Among those arrested, he said was one Idowu Oni of Araromi area of Akure who escaped from Akure Prison.
He added that the escaped convict was arrested in Ilorin after stealing a Mazda 323 car belonging to Mrs. Henrietta Ayijesu.
He also said another armed robbery and rape suspect was in their custody, assuring that the suspects will soon appear in court.
source: the Vanguard newspapers
Since it is wrong for a suspect to be detained in the police station beyond 24hrs especially when theres no case filed against him or her (depends on who reports you to the Nigerian police anyway), besides in this case, our suspect cannot even read and write, and is a goat, the suspect has to be released. Rather than release the goat, this goat will be put up for sale and the proceeds will go into rehabilitating prisoners? No, the police are awaiting a court order.
Goat Trivia: this goat does not eat grass, it only drinks water!
Written by Demola Akinyemi
Monday, 26 January 2009
The dust raised by the mysterious sheep paraded by the kwara state police command last week over an attempt to steal a mazda car in Ilorin appeared not to be over as the commissioner of police Mr Donald Iroham yesterday said investigation has been concluded and that the sheep will be sold off within the next 24 hours if there was no claimant. The police boss speaking at a press conference yesterday at the police headquarters in Ilorin explained that the command is being guided by the police act part 4 section 3 which states that if any property comes to the custody of the police, the court of jurisdiction may on application sell the item and pay the proceed to police reward fund account.
‘’We are expecting the court order, then we will put the sheep on sale for whoever is interested to come and buy, if within the next twenty four hours the owner refused to come and claim it’’he stressed.
The police commissioner who suspended his annual leave to address the press conference however described the incident as an embarrassment to the police authorities because it’s not possible for such incident to happen in this twenty fourth century.
According to him,’’it is not possible for a man to turn to a sheep, it is not scientific, it’s not possible, it should be discarded, we are not happy about it at all.’’
Meanwhile, The Kwara State Government similarly appealed to the peace-loving people of the State, especially residents of Ilorin to disregard the alleged mysterious goat accused of being a man who had attempted to snatch a car.
This is contained in a press statement issued by the press secretary to the governor, Alh Mas’ud Adebimpe and made available to Vanguard in Ilorin.
The statement noted that the appeal becomes necessary in view of the various factions of rumour making the round concerning the mysterious goat being paraded as an armed robbery suspect.
“Intelligent reports reaching the State Governor, Dr Bukola Saraki as the Chief Security Officer of the State has no confirmatory evidence of such occurrence”, said the statement.
“There is no iota of truth in the alleged rumour as officers of the State Police Command are already investigating the matter.”
Dr Saraki, however, enjoined citizens of the State to go about their lawful businesses and disregard the alleged rumour in its entirety.
He described the rumour about the goat suspect as the handiwork of some disgruntled elements who wanted to use that to foment trouble in the State.
But Vanguard correspondent posed this question at the press conference yesterday at the police headquarters:
Question-Though, I believe there are works to be done, but from experience I know that when someone has headache, there is this belief that it would go if you take paracetamol, others also believe that on the basis of religion they could apply annointing oil on their foreheads and it would go, others also have their belief in so many things that can cure various ailmaent.The baseline is that you can prove some and you can never prove some,what is your reaction to this?
Police Commissioner-Yes you are right, I agree with you, when my father was alive he never used tablet throughout his life time, he died at the age of 106.
The mysterious sheep is still in the custody of the kwara state police command headquarters as at press time and informed sources told vanguard that the sheep has not been feeding on grass and the likes but water since its day of detention.
Meanwhile, the head of the vigilante, Prince Omoniyi Nasirudeen in an interview insisted that the sheep should be prosecuted because it was the human armed robbery suspect that mysteriously turned to the animal.
His words: ’’The suspected car thief we wanted to apprehend turned to that sheep, we quickly apprehended it and even alerted the residents who all came out to see it.”
He further explained that the armed robbers who attempted to steal the mazda car were two and that when they beamed torchlight on them with the intention of apprehending them they ran away and they were vigorously chased until one of them disappeared while the second turned to sheep.
The vigilate added that the suspect turned to human being almost immediately and was still running until he was pursued to a corner where he quickly put his back behind the wall with one of the legs and turn to the sheep which was quickly grabbed.
He said further that the entire residents were immediately alerted to come and see what happened and that one elderly woman among the crowd called the sheep Saliu and later went away.
When asked whether he can still identify the elderly woman and why she was not arrested based on the revelation, he said he can’t identify the woman and that she was not arrested because there was no clear link between her and the suspects.
Efforts to get the update of the development as at the press time from the head of vigilante proved abortive as his GSM line was not available.
Rather than the police Mr Donald Iroham talking about what is scientific and what is not, he should know better: anything can happen in Nigeria. Or maybe this commissioner wasn’t in the force in the days of Anini, whom ‘I heard’ was shot in the leg as he wanted to disappear.
If the car that could not be stolen belonged to a ‘major politician’, a member of the Nigerian Army or a member of the Nigerian Police force, by now, these same police force would have dealt the goat some blows it would have decided to turn back into a human being, and this mystery would have been longed resolved.
Besides this goat is on hunger strike, maybe its planning to turn back into a human being once released.
On a more serious note, I was thinking, is there any test that can be done to ascertain which tribe this goat belongs to? perhaps this can make the police investigation easier as they can narrow down their focus.
Question: How do you know if a Nigerian is Ibo, Yoruba or Hausa? the same tests could be applied to this goat. Just a thought!