Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Oshiomhole-If goat stealers are paraded in handcuffs, Metuh shouldn't be different

Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday reacted to criticism in some quarters over the handcuffing of Mr. Olisa Metuh, Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 
Speaking during a meeting with the new Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council,, the governor wondered why the scenario has generated so much noise,saying it is no big deal as Metuh is no different from ordinary criminals who are paraded in handcuffs.He said 

“I saw some headlines querying why Metuh should be in handcuffs. If people who steal he-goats, dried grass cutters are in handcuffs, I have been to the Police Station several times and I see young men who rob not more than N500,000 naira in handcuffs, they are paraded and made to sit on the floor. Why should certain set of criminals be treated as if they are not suspected criminals and serious crimes at that?
“When you all reported lavishly how under the former President, the former Defence Chief set up a Military Tribunal to try soldiers who ran away from battle field and they were condemned to death, it was only Femi Falana who was consistent in fighting their case.
“Those are Nigerians who were to be killed for running away because they couldn’t confront a Boko Haram that was well armed while they were asked to go and fight with their bare hands and we were told that weapons, ammunition and everything had been provided.
“When Borno Governor said, ‘look, our Armed Forces are fighting with bare hands’, he was told to shut up. Now it is clear from current revelations that the money that would have been used to arm these young men who joined the army with pride and who on a good day have the courage to fight not only at home but abroad, but because they didn’t have arms, they ran away. They were sentenced to death.