Since about two days or so now, we have been treated to the sensational news about how kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onuamadike, alias Evans, had been living large in Magodo, Lagos, off the proceeds of multi-million dollars ransom he had collected from multiple victims.
The police have gotten him to “confess”. (We know how “interrogations” get people to confess in Nigeria even to crimes they did not commit.) This is not to say Evans didn’t commit the crimes to which he confessed.
But how is Evans different from Musiliu Obanikoro, Alex Badeh, Ayo Fayose, Femi Fani-Kayode, Rabiu Kwakwaso, Bukola Saraki, Patience Jonathan etc?
Don’t they all have wealth beyond their incomes? Didn’t (and don’t) they “rob” the people to make their money?
Okay…Evans killed a couple of people, including some police officers and a young girl (accidentally) during one or two operations. Who knows how many people…old retirees, pregnant women, infant babies and nursing mothers…the Saraki family killed when they looted Societe Generale?
Do we know how many soldiers and civilians killed by Boko Haram because Alex Badeh and his friends stole funds meant to arm our military?
What then is the difference between Evans and these other dregs of our society?
In that same Magodo where Evans owns two mansions, do we know what some of his neighbors do for a living? Is there a Judge in that neighborhood? Is there a Pastor in that neighborhood? Are they all clean?
What’s the difference?
Biodun Ishola Ladepo wrote on Facebook.