- Sunday Ige has cried out for help following an eviction order served him by the Federal Ministry of Housing
- 57 year old Ige who was retrenched as a Corporal in the Nigeria Police in 2006, had been bedridden for about 21 years
- According to him, he was paid N225,000 in gratuity following his retrenchment which was occasioned by the accident
An ex-police corporal, Sunday Ige, recently retrenched from the Nigeria Police Force after an auto crash that left him bedridden, weekend cried out for help following an eviction order served him by the Federal Ministry of Housing.
The crash which occurred in 2001 while on active service, as a mobile policeman in Lagos State, resulted in a spinal cord injury and one of his legs amputated.
Ige, aged 57, who was retrenched as a Corporal in the Nigeria Police in 2006, had been bedridden for about 21 years
Narrating his ordeal to newsmen in Akure, lge said his house located in Shagari Estate, Akure, the Ondo State capital was allocated to him in 1993 but he has yet to fully pay the N1.250 million he was asked to pay for the purchase of the apartment in 2007 by the government.
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According to him, in the letter he received from the presidency in March 2022 as regards the eviction notice, he was given two weeks ultimatum to vacate the property which will expire this week.
While lamenting about his predicament with a teary-eyed, the ex-Corporal said his condition had made it difficult for him to raise the balance of N1.125 million after paying the initial deposit of N125,000 out of N1.250 million for the purchase of the house from the Federal Ministry of Housing.
Ige said that he was enlisted into the Nigeria Police in 1991, adding that he was paid N225,000 in gratuity following his retrenchment which was occasioned by the accident.
“I was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on September 1st, 1991 and I passed out from the training school, Iperu in 1992. After the training, I was posted to Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
“In 1993, I was mobilized to the Nigeria Mobile Force, Akure. On January 16, 2001, I was posted for special duty in Lagos and I was attached to Itire Police Station where I was knocked down by a vehicle while on duty.
“When the accident occurred, I was rushed to General Hospital, Ikeja and I was later moved to a private hospital. When my situation could not be handled at both the general and private hospitals, I was moved to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife. OAUTH.
Nigerians, El-Rufai lament bandits’ takeover
Many prominent Nigerians, including the Kaduna state governor, have lamented the gradual takeover of the country by bandits.
Lamenting the recent train attack, El-Rufai faulted security operatives for not doing enough in terms of intelligence gathering.
According to the Kaduna state governor, the location and the conversations of the bandits are constantly being tracked but the security operatives have done little or nothing to stop planned attacks. This to many is self-indictment as El-Rufai is the chief security officer of his state and a key stakeholder under the Buhari-led government.
Buhari givers marching order against bandits
The Nation reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had said that the attack by terrorists on a train in Kaduna state was a serious security threat, hence instructing the military and other security agencies to commence a serious campaign against bandits.
Buhari in the order instructed the nation’s service chiefs and other heads of security outfits to take a decisive approach in tracking down the bandits.
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Kill them, eliminate them
A statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, admitted that Nigeria is at war following the incessant attacks by bandits. According to Adesina, bandits had declared war on the country, and the earlier they are stopped, the better for the country.
He said, no matter what rights activists would want to say, the only option left is to kill and eliminate completely bandits and terrorists championing the constant attacks.
With the marching orders from the Villa, it’s yet to be seen if the men of the underworld will put on hold attacks on facilities and communities around Kaduna and Niger state. While efforts were on to track the bandits responsible for the train attack, more attacks have been recorded on the road and in villages within the axis.
There were rumours in town that the nation’s president was unable to go to the national stadium to support the Super Eagles for fear of insecurity, resulting in too many questions about the nation’s security situation.
Senate raises alarm
In a previous report by Legit.ng, a motion raised by a Kaduna senator, Uba Sani at plenary last Tuesday, March 28, drew the Senate’s attention to “the continuing attacks on communities and public facilities in Kaduna State.”
In their resolution after expressing varied emotions over the ongoing bandits' attack, mostly characterized by fear, the lawmakers called on the military to, without delay go after the terrorists, bombard them, and ensure peace returns to the transport sector and other areas of concern.