Group seeks deployment of security forces to Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has called for immediate deployment of more security forces to the identified vulnerable communities of Kaduna State while managing the Southern Kaduna conflict in line with its peace initiative.
CNG also appealed for the deployment of similar force in Niger and Nasarawa states that are fast becoming hotbeds of bandit attacks and kidnappings.
Speaking on security situation in the northern part of the country, spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, wondered why some bandit kingpins who were arrested in the Northwest, suddenly get freed without trial and urged security agencies to adopt a more inclusive approach in dealing with the remnant of problems that persist in remote communities of Katsina and other places where the storm has calmed.
He observed that the situation in Zamfara is becoming worse literally by the day, as bandits and internal collaborators appear to sense a huge vacuum in political will and capacity in high places of authority, which they exploit to undermine security efforts.
Suleiman stressed the need for security agencies to speed up efforts at total eradication of the overdrawn insurgency in the northeast and fast track the resettlement of displaced communities and urged the Federal Government to unravel the mysteries behind incessant killings by bandits especially in the Northern part of the country.
He alleged that some highly placed persons in politics Nigeria are shielding bandits from prosecution. He said, “we were alerted to a plot to draft bandits to disrupt the coming House of Representatives bye election in Bungudu, the state government secured a court order in Kaduna on September 3, 2020, for the arrest of a suspected collaborator, Abdulmalik Zubairu Bungudu. The warrant was executed and the suspect moved to Gusau for prosecution but released on bail, which he jumped.
“On Friday, September 2, 2020 intelligence intercepted a conversion about an arranged meeting between one Abu Dantabawa and a suspected bandit leader in Gusau. On Saturday, September 3, 2020, detectives raided the rendezvous and arrested the said Abu Dantabawa along with 17 other suspects.”
“On Sunday, September 4, 2020, the Zamfara State Police Command set the principal suspect, Dantabawa free, ostensibly owing to pressure from powerful influencers from seat of power who are keen on blocking the prosecution.”
Suleiman demanded the immediate re-arrest and return to custody of the said Abu Dantabawa and all other suspected collaborators for proper investigation and appropriate prosecution. “We demand full investigation into the circumstances that led to the suspicious release of Dantabawa and other suspects from lawful custody outside due process.
“To demand for transparent action to determine the extent of involvement of persons in power with the interruption of criminal proceedings against suspected bandits and collaborators in Zamfara and other places in the North. To address a strong petition to the President demanding urgent action to unravel the identities of individuals around him that sabotage the processes of justice by shielding suspects from the law at the expense of government’s integrity. The Zamfara State chapter is directed to liaise with the national headquarters of the CNG to commence mobilization for a massive protest in Gusau on Monday, September 21, 2020 (tomorrow) to force compliance with the demands for the re-arrest and prosecution of Dantabawa and the other 17 suspects. CNG therefore urged that security challenges in northern Nigeria must be isolated from partisan influence.”
He vowed that the group will vehemently resist and further undue extra judicial interferences from any group or individuals no matter how highly placed, the group added.