Law enforcers in the country are getting ready to retrain themselves on the basics of being a cop after falling for the same trick which leads to a gunfight resulting in the death of the prime accused, and hence almost always a cold lead.
In the last five months, 170 deaths have occurred in what newspapers call "so-called" shootouts because they do not think the cops are being honest.
Of these 170, although they have taken place in different areas of the country, the versions of events are the same. They arrest the prime suspect. He leads them to others. They go to the others always after 2:00am. The people they want to arrest "sense their presence". They shoot first. Cops shoot back. Miraculously only the prime accused gets shot and dies. No one else is ever hurt. The custodial death also never counts.
Because of so many of these events, the retraining programme is being started.
"I don't understand how they always follow the prime accused to where he takes them in the dead of night. I also don't know how these trained cops are always detected. And I don't know how they manage to only shoot the person who was in their custody, obviously unarmed, and no one else. It's as if they weren't trained at all," chief of police Chief Keef said.
Because of this, he added, the police needed some retraining. "I don't want accusations of police brutality flying around because of a few incompetent cops. This isn't the time," the chief said.
Part of the training will also be filing complaints properly. There have been numerous instances where police have refused to register general diaries, especially during possible rape cases.
"We are not sure what rape is," a cop, under the condition of anonymity said. "Some are just prostitutes," he added although no one had asked him to incriminate himself further.
Police will also undergo training to solve cases, something they have found notoriously difficult to do unless of course it was political.
Furthermore, an awareness campaign will be conducted in conjunction with the training process. The campaign will be titled "There is no police brutality here", pretty straightforward stuff.
"We are going to promote only police officers with a clean image from now on," Chief Keef said, as if that was not something that should have always been done.