How the killing of a senior Nigerian army officer debunks Buhari’s myth of safety and security in Nigeria

At about 6pm yesterday, kidnapped Army officer Colonel Samaila Inusa was found dead around a village in Kaduna State. The news was broken to the public via a statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, where he stated: “the Nigerian Army wishes to regrettably inform the public that Colonel Samaila Inusa who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, was found dead today (Tuesday) at about 6.00pm.”

According to the statement, preliminary investigations suggest that Colonel Inusa was killed on Sunday, the same day of his kidnap, as his body was already decomposing when it was discovered. The event appears to be an assassination as the abductors dropped off his wife before leaving with him to kill him with no request for a ransom.

“Whoever is behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law,” said Colonel Usman in the statement. Until his death, the army colonel served at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji, Kaduna State.

“Our armed forces, police and other security agencies are being progressively reformed, repositioned and empowered to win the war against terrorism and make mass killings, abductions and other criminal atrocities things of the past in our beloved country,” President Buhari said in his Easter message on Sunday morning. Several hours later, an army colonel was kidnapped, as his car was intercepted by his abductors around Kamazo in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna.

Not only does the incident seem to debunk the message of the president, it speaks volumes of the increasing level of insecurity in the country and of the weak state of Nigeria’s security agencies. Perhaps, the reforms and repositioning the president spoke about are yet to be implemented. Last month, the body of an abducted relative of former president Goodluck Jonathan was recovered by fishermen who found it afloat in a river.

A number of things have contributed to the increased level of insecurity in Nigeria, including terrorism and an economic crisis which has heightened the rate of kidnappings for ransom in Nigeria. Hence, as much as Nigerians hope for the best in the fight against terrorism and for an improvement in the economy, unfortunate occurrences like the aforementioned will continue until these issues are resolved.

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