UMAR FAROUK ABDULMUTALLAB (Underwear Bomber)
Abdulmutallab is from Katsina State. His father is a high profile businessman and wealthy banker. He was former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria. Umar is the youngest child in a family of 16. He schooled in London.
He was age 23 when he was arrested and he confessed to and was convicted of attempting to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day, 2009..…
Abdulmutallab was incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary, Florence ADX, near Florence, Colorado.
When he committed the heinous crime, some people screamed, "the Northerners and their extremists tendencies"....as if suggesting that crime has Northern colour.
CHUKWUDUMEME ONWUAMADIKE (Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper)
Evans is a native of Nnewi, Anambra State. He is 35 years old when he was arrested.
He is sometimes referred to as "The Billionaire Kidnapper" because the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) believe he is one of the richest criminals in the kidnapping business in Nigeria.
In some of his operations, he made amounts of up to 1 million dollars. The Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force also described as a very smart, crafty, and intelligent kidnapper having evaded arrest for four years even though, he was on a most wanted list in three states (Lagos, Edo and Anambra).
He was arrested on the weekend of 10-11of June, 2017. He was slammed 41 years.
On his arrest, many shouted, "Igbo and bad business. They are the ethnic group destroying Nigeria's image"....Suggesting that Ndigbo are worst of when it comes to crime or criminals in the country....
RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS (Ray Hushpuppi)
Ray Hushpuppi is said be bear Raymond Igbalode as name but the FBI gathered after his arrest that his real name is Ramon Olorunwa Abbas. He is from Lagos State.
He is speculated to be about 30 years old. He is a Nigerian socialite from Lagos State based in Dubai.
He was arrested in Dubai by FBI and Interpol over allegations of $USD35 million fraud on 10 June 2020. He has been jailed in the United States.
Once he was jailed, tongues started wagging in some regions of the country, "You see those calling us criminals and bandits are even worse than us".
MESSAGE & LESSON
Before now we used to see crime and or corruption as trademark(s) or logo(s) of some regions or a particular region in Nigeria.
Thankfully, the war against corruption has so far revealed to us that all regions of our beloved country are one and same thing. It is a matter of the mindset of the individual and not an ethnic or tribal issue. Most of those we collectively put forward to represent us are disappointing.
The revelations from the ongoing probes across board in most federal agencies, parastatal and ministries are clear indications that corruption is deeply rooted in us because it appears institutionalized. More work needs to be done.
Little wonder the examples of youths mentioned above who got involved in different acts of crimes are just offshoots of what we hear, read and see around today.....like "The Fainting Saga"
For love or want of money, some Nigerian parents watch their children almost going naked and even attempt to make love on live television program branded Reality Show viewed across the globe. If any youth could do this just for money then, he or she could do anything...
God save Nigeria!!!
Credit: Desmond Ekwueme