Nigeria Police – Welcome to Hell Fire

Nigeria is a very strange country, hence citizens sometimes behave very strangely. How would you take the news of Nigeria Police disputing the reports of police brutality of people? Why are they so concerned about international reputations so much so they went out of their way to defend the indefensible?

Since Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu chose to run after International Amnesty for being wrong about their portrayal of Nigeria Police torture system, I will give a couple of examples to back up the IA reports.

A few years a go in my small town, my close friend’s father was arrested on his farm along with a dozen or so of other men from the same village. They were all taken to the main police station in town, this was at Moore, Ile Ife. The news was all over the town by evening, everyone was worried. Kemi’s father was released after a couple of hours and narrated his tale to us. They were arrested from their farms because there was a long-standing dispute on the ownership, the police about twenty of them did not listen to a word from the farmers, they were arrested without prior warnings and mercilessly beating before being dragged to the police van – Kemi’s father was in his early 60s at the time. According to Kemi’s father, upon getting to Moore, they were let out into a big dirt yard, all the youths in the group were made to dig holes about six inches deep and then were told to strip naked and stick their manhood into the hole, forced to make motions as if making love to a person – my friend’s father was close to tears narrating this, and the crowd around him rained curses on the police for the inhumane abuse.

Now, Mr Ojukwu – how would you describe the above experience – Christmas treatment?

Another one for the man who should really have taking the report as a true reflection of Nigeria police treatment of common  people.

Not so long ago, my inlaw who lived in Lagos was coming from work in the evening on his motorbike, the police at Ipaja area motioned for him to stop, Ade moved slightly forward so as to find a safe place. Lifting up his head from parking his motorbike, the police officer slapped him for parking too far from the spot. Ade who is also a ‘Lagos boy’ thought that treatment was uncalled for, was furious and without thinking slapped the police officer back – hell broke loose. Four more officers joined, they beat night and day out of Ade so much so that he was badly bruised. His motorbike? He never went back to claim it as everyone knows what the result will be.

Mr Ojukwu – what do you call that – Eid al Fitr?

Maybe we should all share our experience so we know how broken the system is. Rather than disputing IA’s reports, how about a survey of the general public?

Can hernia disappear without a surgery?

I once lived in a house with a man we conveniently called Baba Cotonou because he was from Benin. He worked as a night security guard at a big church in town. Baba Cotonou was kind and smiled a lot. He did not have his family in town so was around a lot sharing jokes with neighbours. One thing that stood out about him was his super large scrotum – obvious no matter how baggy his clothing were and sometimes he looked uncomfortable when walking about. It must have been about 5 kilograms then, I don’t remember ever talking about it with anyone.

Then in my village was Baba Kemi with the biggest hernia ever, bigger than Baba Cotonou’s – I heard that he had been ‘nursing’ it for a long time and occasionally there would be people coming over for etutu (pleading to the gods) and eventually he  will be given lots of different concoctions in form of creams to rub over his protruding scrotum with the hope it will disappear – never did. Baba Kemi’s hernia grew bigger by the day and sadly died of hernia related complications. I later heard Baba Kemi spent twice the money he would require for surgery on potion rubs – he was convinced his hernia could disappear – he was terrified of surgery.

A few years ago Wesley Warren, from Las Vegas and his fascinating story of 132 lbs scrotum made the news, it was then that I realised untreated hernia could get very big, a type of illness most common with men than women and that it affects people around the globe not just Nigeria – so maybe, no chance of it disappearing without surgery then?

Today in Nigeria both in the cities and rural areas, many people are still under the belief that hernia could disappear with potion rub, they spend so much money on herbal medicines and in the end had to go the surgery way. A few years ago a friend of a family member who lives in Lagos spent ₦40k for various Epa Ijebu sellers in Lagos with a promise that his hernia would shrink and later disappear all together – this never happened. By the time he came to his senses that he has been ripped off, he was broke and had to raise money from family and friends for surgery. He was lucky.

I am sure some of our traditional medicines do work for various illness, not sure how our forefathers dealt with hernia issues in their time but what is clear today is that surgery is required to rid of hernia.

It is sad that citizens are very trusting and are parting ways with their hard-earned money for the medicines that clearly would not help them especially in the case of hernia.