When I saw the news on the fresh lead found on Thisday bomb blast incident in Abuja,I was ecstatic and yes I should because as I mentioned in my earlier article,Nigeria has never had much in terms of forensic analysis/investigation.
But with this new found knowledge of the Nigerian investigative system came another question;was it really necessary going public with this fresh lead?
I am a huge fan of investigative novels and movies and one vital ingredient to a crime scene is forensic, another is information and one’s ability to shut up.
The first quality our security agents have just discovered while they are yet to understand the implications of not being able to keep their gobs shut about informations gathered in an on going investigation.
Twin bomb blast went off on thursday in two different states of the federation,by saturday its all over the news that the bombers cell phone has been found in the car he used to attack.
Now lets take a look at this case from different angles:
Suicide bombers are known not to take any accessory or whatsoever that could link the crime to them or their group.
In which case the car and phone may not even be his.He may have stolen it just before the attack; before the owner lodges a complaint with the Nigerian Police Force-criminals do know the importance of good timing.
Now on the other hand,if this breed of terrorists are stupid enough to attack in a car that belong to any member of the terrorist group and even displayed some amount stupidity by handling a cell phone.
Do our security agents really have to go to press with this new information?They have disclosed how green they are to forensic investigation.
If you are an avid reader of crime stories- and off course there would always be forensic analysts and head of the investigative team addressing the press-the answer is and always will be some thing along the line of “yes we do have a lead but its too early to conclude just yet”. They don’t blow off their lead(s) for the press to publish in their dailies.
Now that is the kind of intelligence I was expecting from our own security agents.Not blowing off their own trumpet to the press at the slightest opportunity they get.
This information is now public,no thanks to our over zealous investigative team,pray tell what edge do they have in this case?
I can see the cowardly Boko Haram sect taking precautionary measures.And you bet they won’t be broadcasting what it is unlike our green rookies.
Forensic investigation and analysis,hoarding of information in a high profile crime case like should not be taken lightly.It is the only weapon wield by the investigator and shouldn’t be released at any cost until the time is right.
And this is definitely not the time right time.
Whitney Houston died,for example, but forensic report on her death wasn’t released the next day. They had to do a clean job first in order to have an impeccable result.
Just imagine if after all said and done the cell phone didn’t belong to the bomber! How embarrassing that would turn out to be!
Come to think of it,have they condoned off the premises of ThisDay and every other crime scene related to the bomb blast? At least for the time being.
I would advise that they smarten up and do their jobs properly. Many lives depend on it.