Social critic and former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has expressed worry over the increasing wave of crime in Benue State, describing the amnesty programme implemented by the Governor Samuel Ortom as a ‘‘fluke’’.
Tsav who spoke with newsmen at the weekend in Makurdi, the state capital, claimed that the amnesty programme was designed to provide soft landing for a one-time dreaded criminal, Terwase Akwaza, popularly referred to as ‘Ghana’.
“If the amnesty program is successful, then why are there so much guns and killings in the state. There are three units of security outfits in the state, including SARS, operation ZENDA and then, the regular police, yet they have been unable to contail the high rate of criminality in the state”, Tsav lamented.
Tsav who is the commissioner of Public Complaint Commission in the state, expressed dissatisfaction over the way the governor is handling the affairs of the state, especially his refusal to heed to constructive criticisms.
“If you criticize him, he threatens law suit against you. He sued me for over one billion naira and later said in church that he has forgiven those who offended him. Am not happy that he withdrew the suit against me.
“Even world leaders are criticized then who is the governor that he cannot be criticized? A good leader sifts criticisms, takes the good aspect and works on it. I know he is misguided by Sen. Akume who does nothing at the senate and has imposed himself on Benue people,” Tsav said.
He frowned at the lingering fuel shortage experienced in the country which he said is as a result of the cumulative effect of the high level of corruption in the nation.
The retired police boss noted that the oil cartel is the one frustrating government effort and inflicting hardship on Nigerians.
He, therefore, urged the federal government to take drastic steps by exposing the cartel as a way of sanitizing the system.
Tsav also spoke on the war against corruption being embarked by President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that it would only be commendable when those indicted of looting the commonwealth of the nation, are convicted and sent to jail.
“You go to our prisons and see petty thieves who stole handsets that were eventually recovered, serving long jail terms while those who stole our commonwealth are walking the streets as free men.
“I do not even subscribe to plea bargain because it shows clearly that our democracy is like animal farm. Those who stole should be punished”, he said.

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