Arase, did you say that?
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase is a fine gentleman that has come far and walked the corridors of power to know when not to talk.
But given the nature of power and its tocsin, especially when the body language of your principal suggests otherwise, then you need to go South.
Arase did that precisely last week in Minna, Niger State. The police boss queried the statistics of the dead in the fratricidal war the Fulani are waging on the people of Agatu for several weeks now.
According to the police chief, it was untrue that over 300 have been killed by the herdsmen because he did not count up to that number when he went to Agatu to assess the situation.
It is imperative to ask Arase if he went to all the villages sacked by the well-armed herdsmen; if he traversed the ravaged farm lands and how possible only a 40minutes visit could have unravelled the whole picture of the killings.
As a police boss, the IGP needs to stay above the politics of the feuding and inspire confidence in all parties that indeed the police would protect all and sundry.
But for now, Arase fall hand plenty!