A couple of months ago, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, said at a media parley in Abeokuta, the state capital, that there was suspected sabotage against the security initiative of his administration to tackle the challenges facing the government.
Amosun told of how two of the newly acquired Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) assigned to Ijebu area of the state were demobilised at different times on the pretext of ignorance by the operators. But searching further down, the story was no more than sheer sabotage.
Not a few, however, bought into the story. It was politics, they’d dismissed. The opposition, especially would rather government was crucified for imagined non-performance.
But as it appears, the governor’s theory of sabotage not only seems true; it is also not limited to security.
Last Friday, the story was told of how Amosun had gone round on some road projects inspection in Abeokuta as he is wont to do. However, that Friday, he was said not to have gone with any of his aides, not even the ADC- and the time was 3am. As he drove round and got to a particular spot, he allegedly sighted some young men numbering about 30, breaking a particular spot on one of the newly constructed roads and at the same time dumping refuse there.
But as they saw him alighting from his car, they took to their heels. Two armed policemen suddenly surfaced from nowhere and claimed that the boys chased them away with stones.
Amosun, immediately, called for re-enforcement and was said to have picked up about 17 of the boys that morning as he went round their homes one after the other. It is also an environment he is conversant with, having grown up there.
Upon interrogation, the boys allegedly claimed to have been paid some paltry N200,000 for the sabotage. There also seemed to be collusion between the agents of the saboteurs and the security agencies; what with armed police officers who lamented to have been chased away with mere stones.
This, like Amosun said, has begun to look like sabotage. But it is certainly not in the collective interest of the Ogun people who ultimately are at the receiving end.