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HURIWA lampoons IGP, governors for negotiating with bandits


Some arms and ammunition recovered from repentant bandits and illegal local vigilantes, popularly known as Yansakai, displayed to journalists in Gusau by Zamfara State Police Command… yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has accused the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, of choosing to ‘wine and dine’ with armed bandits in the North West zone of the country rather than wielding the big stick against them.

The group said that Adamu would go down in history as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer who compromised his duty “for pedestrian regional and religious underpinnings.”

They also condemned the decision by the governors of Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states to go into negotiations with armed bandits, who killed hundreds of people and destroyed properties of both individuals and government worth billions of naira, as against enforcing relevant laws of the country against criminality.


In a statement yesterday, National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, said it was wrong for the IGP to support the “unholy communion between northern state governors and armed bandits.”

HURIWA stated: “Let it be known to the current IGP, Mohammed Adamu, that his latest statement equating criminal armed mass killers as same as the Niger Delta agitators is not only disingenuous, pedestrian, spurious, puerile and myopic, but it is a direct affront to the constitution of Nigeria.”

It added: “It was absolutely wrong to have compared the Niger Delta agitators who took up arms to compel the multinational crude oil producing entities to stop polluting and destroying the ecosystem and the overall environments with pure brigands and armed bandits in the North West who have no cause for their odious, atrocious and totally unlawful actions of killing children, women and old people all in the name of seeking to obtain the unlawful opportunities of dialoguing with politicians for financial benefits. It is so wrong that the IGP is being allowed to defecate on the constitution. This trend of thought is similar to a victim of rape championing the cause of the rapists.”

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