As vividly demonstrated by the jubilations following the arrest and demise of Ifedike and Osisikankwu, that collective censure must be matched with an effort to cooperate with crime fighters to restore law and order. On the other hand, the crime fighters must also know that gaining the friendship of the local population among whom they prosecute a bloody, military operation against embedded guerillas, is a winning strategy, any day. That friendship too must be earned, and not gained by a show of might. Unfortunately, this side of the debate is new, and utterly strange to the key actors – both the victims and the villains – of the floundering state of insecurity in Nigeria. Whatever the case, the lessons to be learned across the regional divides cannot be emphasized.