Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?

Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?

Norris Benedict, London


 Virtually two months back, the Nigerian nation and indeed Nigerians were once again shamed by people whom can be referred to as our leaders or better still leaders - in – training. This time around it was in far away China and this alleged act, perpetrated by no one else but MR. D.A. Briggs, an Assistant Director at the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, himself an institute nominee for the senior executive course 30, what a privilege!

The most stunning part of this bad news was the stolen item - A digital camera!

 I was shocked to see the news running across the TV as a subscript on CNN; immediately I logged online to verify the substance of this script which some visitors in my place at the material time had already dismissed as ‘another smear campaign against Nigeria by the imperialists'. Low as we logged on, the news was already everywhere on the Nigerian web space, Saturday Tribune and Daily Trust respectively reported and I quote partly,

"A course participant at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau State, who is also a nominee of the institute for the Senior Executive Course 30 (name withheld), has been caught stealing in faraway China when the participants were on study tour of the Asian countries.

The Director-General of the institute, Professor Akin Akindoyeni, it was learnt, had set up a three-man committee to investigate the allegation, saying that the issue remained a rumour until the Committee submitted its report.

A highly dependable source close to the institute told Saturday Tribune that the alleged participant who travelled along with other participants to China on a foreign study tour, was caught with the aid of close circuit monitor, stealing a camera belonging to one of his colleagues in Beijing, China.

The source narrated that when the owner of the camera raised alarm that his camera was missing, the participant who stole the item kept mute for two days until the management of the hotel where the incident occurred was contacted and told that one of its staff had sneaked into one of the participants'' rooms to steal a camera.

It was learnt that the accusation forced the management of the hotel to swing into action and invited the police and all the participants to watch a recorded event on the circuit monitor.

Saturday Tribune gathered that it was the prompt intervention of the Nigerian Embassy in London and the pleading of his colleagues that saved the man from being arrested and tried in China."

Ref – Nigerian Saturday Tribune – 14/6/2008

"……….The case involving Mr. Briggs was first reported several months ago, when he was caught by a hotel camera in a Chinese hotel to have picked up a camera that was dropped by fellow course participant Alhaji Sani Daura. Though Briggs repeatedly denied that he took the camera, the Chinese hotel produced a close-circuit camera film which showed that he took it. He was only saved from the Chinese police and allowed to return to Nigeria following pleas by Nigeria's embassy officials in China. However, attempts by the NIPPS management to discipline him by withdrawing him from the course and suspending him from work have produced the current conflict, with the Vice President's office, which supervises NIPPS, saying due process was not followed.

Daily Trust had reported when the case first broke that Mr. Briggs, a native of Bayelsa State, was accused by his NIPPS course mates of stealing on more than one occasion. In one instance, he was accused of stealing $500 from the wallet of former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman Malam Nuhu Ribadu, a fellow course participant. In another instance in Lagos, the Benue State Head of Service, who is a course participant, accused Briggs of stealing N100, 000 from his jacket's pockets. The money was recovered when Briggs was accosted………".

 Ref - Daily Trust

I was in Kuru, Plateau state a couple of weeks back, I went over to NIPSS to visit two long standing family friends, Senior Research Fellows, whom I hadn't seen for almost a decade. Primarily my visit was to catch up on things of mutual interest and secondarily to get the first class info on what happened in China. On getting to the imposing gate of the well secured institute, I asked to see my hosts and I was told to wait while the security men placed a verification call to confirm my intentions. As the process took quite sometime I engaged the other security details in a short chat, I asked ‘wetin dem say de happen for dis una NIPSS' and they replied ‘oga you be journalist, wetin you mean? "I hear say one of una director carry person camera for China", I replied. They looked at me suspiciously and after shunning me for some minutes asked, "You sure say you no be agent, e get as this your pidgin they sound, were you comot from"? I introduced myself to them showing them my card, ID even passport after which they relaxed. Immediately one of them shot, "Oga Briggs thief Camera for China, him no de shame, him salary for one month fit buy one container of digital camera", playing the fool to get more details I asked them, "but him talk say him carry am keep so em fit give am back to pessin wey get am but him come forget", angrily one of them replied, bros why you de yarn like this now, which level sef, shine your eye ohh, na naija be dis, how you go carry person thing to give am come forget for two days, na so e de be, abegi Sam Edem no talk say na juju make am burn 800 million, nobody sabi lie reach this govt people"; just then I was accepted to go in and as I left one of them chipped, "you no hear anything from our mouth ohh, carry go".

 When I got in, I confirmed from the two families that indeed the man had even stolen from the ‘anti stealing' czar himself, Nuhu Ribadu and a host of others and it has indeed become a subject of humorous jibes at Ribadu as his colleagues often tease him. They said though Dr Sankey is unrightfully moving against all oppositions to his confirmation as substantive NIPSS DG, Briggs is not a victim of any power scheme and was indeed found culpable by the Chinese police who allowed everyone watch the video copy of the camera and also witnesses who are themselves his colleagues all the way from Kuru.

On a serious note, it is sad that stealing in high places in Nigeria has now descended to such petty level and to add salt to injury, outside the country in the full glare of monitor cameras. My heart longs to give Briggs the doubt benefit because I find it hard to reconcile the fact that a Director in waiting could not resist the urge to pick up an item that wasn't his, but this benefit is shattered and hamstrung because there is an incontrovertible evidence that caught the whole act. Rightfully, as the security detail said, Briggs could afford hundreds of those cameras, why steal? Is it an endemic problem or maybe a curse of some sort? His supporters at the panel cited his suffering from amnesia to be the reason for his inability to return the camera, but does amnesia cause itchy fingers as well? Did amnesia lead him to pick Ribadu's money from his card wallet? He was never known to be like this until the travelling aspect of the course started which required closer personal contact with other participants and then ‘the real Briggs evolved'.

 An ethnic dimension has been introduced leading to the recent spat between the Vice President and the Acting Director General. With the intervention of the South South People Assembly SSPA, the issue of theft has been swept under the carpet as the item of reference at the front burner is ethnic victimization of Mr. Briggs. It is an unfortunate development that indicates that our nation is actually being undermined by the duo of corruption and ethnicity. Ethnicity is often used to explain away corrupt practices and tendencies while justifying villainy.

The deed has been done, whether a panel sits from today till next year, another record has been created internationally and enemies of our nation once again will thump their chests feeling vindicated in our long time dismissal as a corrupt entity. It is a shame!

Norris Benedict, London

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Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Emj posted on 10-04-2008, 08:55:44 AM
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In another instance in Lagos, the Benue State Head of Service, who is a course participant, accused Briggs of stealing N100, 000 from his jacket’s pockets. The money was recovered when Briggs was accosted………”.


What was such a large amt doing in the pocket of one man...hmm

QUOTE:
“Oga Briggs thief Camera for China, him no de shame, him salary for one month fit buy one container of digital camera”, playing the fool to get more details I asked them, “but him talk say him carry am keep so em fit give am back to pessin wey get am but him come forget”, angrily one of them replied, bros why you de yarn like this now, which level sef, shine your eye ohh, na naija be dis, how you go carry person thing to give am come forget for two days, na so e de be, abegi Sam Edem no talk say na juju make am burn 800 million, nobody sabi lie reach this govt people”;


Can we then say that he's a Kleptomaniac?

QUOTE:
An ethnic dimension has been introduced leading to the recent spat between the Vice President and the Acting Director General. With the intervention of the South South People Assembly SSPA, the issue of theft has been swept under the carpet as the item of reference at the front burner is ethnic victimization of Mr. Briggs. It is an unfortunate development that indicates that our nation is actually being undermined by the duo of corruption and ethnicity. Ethnicity is often used to explain away corrupt practices and tendencies while justifying villainy.


Norris...i tire for this one o...ethnic victimization? Or do we even say there's a high level conspiracy against Briggs? some people conspired/set him up.....the CCTV was doctored?....hmm


PS>>....on a less than serious note, Briggs did not tiff any camera, da camera tiffed him..VQAS.
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Emenanjo posted on 10-04-2008, 09:18:48 AM
Wonders shall never end in this luggardist Nigeria! Camera kwa, tufia kwa? This is a National shame. What is wrong with some of our people for God's sake?
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Clearwater posted on 10-04-2008, 10:23:41 AM
It is indeed a pitty that Mr. Briggs have such an appaulling sickness if what the writer writes is factually correct!

Haven't said that, the harbit of Mr. Briggs is a pepetual sickness that can be cured. This has nothing to do with Nigeria as a country but an indiividual having problem. It very important to state here that, there are similar cases of well-to-do people in western world that still shop-lift. It not because they are in need of what they still, rather they do it owing to sickness I do not intend ellaborating on that sickness here.

If Mr. Briggs is reading this, be informed that you can be releaved of that shameless harbit because you apparently have no need for what you take without seeking permission from the owner. And taking people's thigs without perssion is sanctionable by law - you cannot derive fun from that - I am aware of the fact that you cannot help it

Fellow Nigerians, i beg una, Mr. Briggs case has nothing at all to do with Nigeria. The guy has no material problem but an a minor sickness! yes sickness that some royal have, which is known around the globe.
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Ttonjo posted on 10-04-2008, 10:54:50 AM
QUOTE:
QUOTE:
It is indeed a pitty that Mr. Briggs have such an appaulling sickness if what the writer writes is factually correct!

Haven't said that, the harbit of Mr. Briggs is a pepetual sickness that can be cured. This has nothing to do with Nigeria as a country but an indiividual having problem. It very important to state here that, there are similar cases of well-to-do people in western world that still shop-lift. It not because they are in need of what they still, rather they do it owing to sickness I do not intend ellaborating on that sickness here.

If Mr. Briggs is reading this, be informed that you can be releaved of that shameless harbit because you apparently have no need for what you take without seeking permission from the owner. And taking people's thigs without perssion is sanctionable by law - you cannot derive fun from that - I am aware of the fact that you cannot help it


Fellow Nigerians, i beg una, Mr. Briggs case has nothing at all to do with Nigeria. The guy has no material problem but an a minor sickness! yes sickness that some royal have, which is known around the globe.


@Clearwater
Thank you very much for your wise words with common sense approach to the theme of the article, unlike some confusionists, who, instead of focusing on topic of articles, always use the opportunity to bash Nigeria image.
I am very elated that you call 'a spade a space' that the problem with Mr. Briggs in an individual problem not Nigeria problem.

It is like blaming the manace of 419s, drug pushers, armed robbers, executive frauds, etc. on NIgeria. As far as I am concern, most of all these deviante behaviours of some people stem from their poor upbringing and greed. The same thing applied to Mr. Briggs.

After all, Mr. Briggs, is not lacking anything materially, judging by his standard of living, compare to majority of Nigeria, yet there is shortcomings in his life which the article pointed out for us to comment on.

There are armed robbers, fraudsters, shop lifters, drug barons, etc here in Britain, America and all over Europe as well. I do not see any British or Americans blaming their countries for all these vices.

Only in Nigeria that you always find these confusionists with hidden agenda blaming everything wrong with every 'greedy individual' on Nigeria.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Ttonjo posted on 10-04-2008, 12:11:01 PM
That reminds me. Something happen recently here in Britain, when a famous British Rock Star, Paul Guard, aka 'Garry Gletter' who returned from Vietnam, after serving some years in prison in that country for having under age sex with some minors, which is an offence.

He was tried and jailed, and after serving his jail term in Vietnam, he was deported back to Britain, and he was consequently arrested at London Heathrow airport by the British Police, and his name was put into the 'Sex Offenders Register'. (Meaning that the government will monitor every step of his movement henceforth). He cannot travel out of the country without taking permission from government, for the rest of his life.

The BBC and and CNN broadcoast the shameful incident worldwide. However, at no point did I hear the British press or British people blaming the shamful behaviour of one of their famous star on Britain.

It is a matter of time that every individual take responsibility for their actions and stop blaming Nigeria, for the consequences of their selfish and greedy behaviours. Chikena!! God bless Nigeria!!!
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Denker posted on 10-04-2008, 12:12:30 PM
hi, folks!

dis chap is sick..-psychosomatical, abi for una dictionary una never hear of claustrophobic-kleptomania....sick people plenty for nigeria or una think say a half way normal creature go dey carry him people money dey deposit for europe, america...etc! yaradua...all of them na psychosomatical sick creatures...i no dey lie at all...!
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
10Kobo posted on 10-04-2008, 12:16:55 PM
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What was such a large amt doing in the pocket of one man...hmm

100Grand roughly equates 400 British pounds. Are you telling me that no one has 400 pounds in their pocket at anytime, even when they are undertaking a journey?.......not to mention that the figure involved happens to be well-to-do!
Even poor man like myself (dont know about big men like you ) have had such amount, (but not beyond five grand, money laundering law refers ) in my pocket week-in, week-out.
Its not an excuse "for the poor money to 'thief the poor man"


QUOTE:
It is indeed a pitty that Mr. Briggs have such an appaulling sickness if what the writer writes is factually correct!

Haven't said that, the harbit of Mr. Briggs is a pepetual sickness that can be cured... ,.... there are similar cases of well-to-do people in western world that still shop-lift. It not because they are in need of what they still, rather they do it owing to sickness I do not intend ellaborating on that sickness here.


Clearwater, there is nothing to "elaborate over", here.
Such people as you mentioned are referred to as Kleptomaniacs. Q.E.D.
It is not the same as Amnesia, which is loss of memory

But, and a big but, makes the difference here.
Kleptomaniacs steal (taking without permission or paying for it) minor items which they can afford but the difference and why Oga Briggs can not be "indemnified", using such ready excuse is that "KLEPS" DONT DELIBERATELY TRY TO HIDE THEIR ACTIONS..."they just dont know that what they're doing is wrong", like small babies; and such people need help and deserve our sympathy.
But Oga Briggs hid the item, he initially denied when accused and only "recovered his memory" when incontrovertible evidence was stuck-up his ars*! You call that Kleptomania and amnesia? Abeeeeeg
More-so, no be just once O, three separate incidences were cited!

And it is strange that we never heard that Oga Briggs was suffering from Amnesia, before 'the act' was committed and the discovery was made!
I wonder how many times he must have \"amnesia-ed\" his own part of the estacode, for foreign travel, and left it unattended, at the hotel lobby?..
Hmmmm...Poor Lad!


More worrisome is that Oga Briggs is an aspiring Director General (D.G) of a "think-thank" (not just one Constable at a check point ) that trains people who plan and implement Nigeria's policy direction!!
Can we afford to nominate a "perpetual amnesia candidate" for course 30 at NIPPS? What a waste!!!

While it is very very convenient for the personae to "blame Satan" once an armed robber is caught (and we see this happening a lot, especially when Pastor wants to impress us at "Confession or Testimony time ) the question that begs for an answer is "what happens when a thief goes scott-free, who do they blame"? ....some Satan, Kleptomania and (or) amnesia? Go figure that one out.

Well, l hear they go to church/Mosque to do Thanks-Giving!
Smart guys, as slippery as an Eel

Yeyee dey smell.

10Kobo

BTW: Now that Oga Briggs suffers from a combination of Kleps and Amnesia, l will suggest he be "relieved with full pay" and allowed to go for "Deliverance" before the "Staff salary of NIPPS gets thief-ed" and he will "forget to inform us that he is keeping it safely" for them in his bank account
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Mikky jaga posted on 10-04-2008, 12:32:29 PM
The way Nigerians rally round thieves and crooked fellows is the reason for the pervasive effect of corruption in the country.

Why should SSPA or, for that matter, Goodluck Jonathan rally round a man that brought shame to the country outside Nigeria? The guy has even been known to steal like that before. Must we wait till he gets to the Government House, Yenagoa, before we realize another Alams is on our hands.

We keep protecting big time thieves. If it were one of the lowly guards earning some pittance that did this thing, I believe Goodluck would have sacked him without bothering to find out if he had any medical problem.

That Briggs must be dismissed with ignominy. A thief is a thief.
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Emj posted on 10-04-2008, 12:33:34 PM
@10kobo
Da long and not so short of the story is that he's a danger to the country if allowed to occupy such sensitive position....Assistant Director...DG(in waiting) NIPSS(Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies) Kuru...VQAS



PS>>......he shld be allowed to retire quietly and help sort for him in terms of his Mental Health

BTW....are u a money launderer(juess an innocent qweshion)....carrying around so much cash in ya pocket...u are only allowed to carry one bob only...se u hia me
Re: Did ‘Oga Briggs Thief the Camera'?
Holygenesis1 posted on 10-04-2008, 16:01:22 PM
Emj you know quite well that 100,000.00 is not any significant amount in Nigeria of today especially, not with our civil servants. I believe that that gentleman's salary is far above that amount, not to talk of his allowances as a NIPSS student or his estacode. Infact the gentleman should be a role model of integrity in public service if only what he had was a mere 100k, chicken feed really.

Lets talk about more serious issues relating to that topic, which is that Mr. Briggs is a kleptomaniac. This is a type of disease or ailment and it is reported that the queen mother of the UK monarchy suffers from this ailment and for this reason she used to have a security agent accompany her secretely to all her shoppings and pays for any item she lifts from the shop.

I suggest the Vice President should look in this direction and stop chasing shodows where there is none. The DG of NIPSS was merely doing his job.
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