Following the rising insecurity challenges across major parts of the Northern Nigeria, coupled with kidnapping, banditry and others, the Kano State government has re-strategised by involving traditional institutions to ensure peace in the State.
The new security models, which is more of a native authority strategy, was adopted following an expanded security meeting held between the government and the Emirate Council at the State Africa House, Saturday.
Unveiling the new strategy, the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi, said the state included them in the security issues following the critical rise in security challenges in their neighbours.
“You are aware of the critical challenges of security problems in some of our neighbours and a wise man takes precaution before problems befall them”.
The Emir added, “a wise Hausa saying indicates that if you see your neighbour on fire, you quickly quench it with water before it spread to your doorstep”.
However, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi refused to speak on any issue relating to the forthcoming general elections, insisting that, “I will not comment on politics because you should leave that to politicians”.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje brought the expanded security meetings at the Africa House with all the security personnel of DSS, Police, Military and Paramilitary in attendance.
Emir Muhammadu Sanusi has been advocating for the rebuffing of the security networking across the federation in order to curtail challenges facing the nation.
Recent political events where thugs were allowed to display dangerous weapons, which resulted in the killings and maiming of party supporters is another reason the Kano government calls for the expanded security meetings.
Emir Muhammadu Sanusi narrated that in the new concept, village wards, heads, District Heads, Ullamas and the Emirate Council would be involved fully in the protection of their communities.
Zamfara killings: Emir Attahiru Ahmad makes u-turn, apologizes to Air Force
The Chairman Council of Chiefs, who is also the Emir of Anka, made the apology when a seven-man high powered investigation team led by AVM Idi Lubo visited him at his palace in Anka on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the traditional rulers had, a fortnight ago, alleged that air strikes on suspected bandits’ camps hit at and killed innocent citizens in some parts of the state.
The emirs spoke at a press briefing through the Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru.
This followed an emergency meeting they held in reaction to an earlier accusation by the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mansur Dan Ali, that some high ranking traditional rulers were conniving with the bandits.
The Emir of Bungudu also followed up the claim with the release of the names of some persons who were killed in the air strikes.
The Emir of Anka, however, said “the council regrets the embarrassment caused by the press briefing because it was not targeted at the Air Force or the army but at our own son, the Minister of Defence, who wrongly accused us of complicity in the bandits’ activities in the state.
“l apologize over whatever embarrassment the statement may have caused and from now, we have drawn a line, there won’t be anything like that again, and I want to appeal that care should be applied while tracking the bandits and when they run from your fire power into the community, the land army should take over so as to avoid killing the innocent.
“Out of the 17 emirate councils that we have in the state, mistakes occurred in only four and the submissions we made were gathered in the last two years, l also want to state that nothing happened on innocent citizens in the last six months in the state,” he said.
While speaking on the list of killed persons that was later released by the Emir of Bungudu, the Chairman of the Council of Chiefs said: “The Emir of Bungudu is not the spokesman of the council even though he read our press briefing that day.
“The list of victims that he released to the press on a later day did not emanate from me nor was I aware of it as the Chairman, l will only take responsibility because l am the Chairman”.
He then assured that the traditional council would continue to support security agencies in the fight against armed banditry in the state and urged the army to go and occupy deserted villages where some of the bandits were hiding.
Earlier, leader of the team, AVM Idi Lubo, said the team was in the state to investigate the true position of the allegations in order to avoid future occurrance.
“We have also come with condolence letter from the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, in case some innocent people were killed in our encounter with bandits.” He said.
NAN reports that the team was taken round stakeholders by the Commander of the 207 Quick Response Group in the state, Squadron Leader Sunkanmi Thomas.
Kaduna people protest over frequent kidnapping
The residents of Nariya and Kanama communities blocked the Nnamdi Azikwe Expressway during the protest.
Speaking to DAILY POST, a resident of Nariya, Mr. Johanna lamented incessant cases of kidnapping since the last few months saying, “we are no longer safe in our homes.”
According to him, every week, they witness one kidnapping or the other, adding that kidnappers make huge demand of money from family of victims.
“In some cases, the victims lost their lives in the process.
“Just last week, a pregnant woman was kidnapped in Chokoliko village. Few hours later, another was kidnapped in Nassarawa village. They later made huge demand of money from family of their victims. As I am talking with you, the one kidnapped in Nassarawa is yet to return, because the family could not afford to pay the ransom. We couldn’t sleep in the night for fear of being kidnapped, we couldn’t stay out in the night or go far from home.” He added.
Another resident of Kunama community, Mrs. Iliya Bilkisu said her husband was kidnapped two months ago, but was released after ransom was paid.
“My husband was kidnapped right in the evening at the gate of our house when he was returning from work. He spent three weeks at the den of kidnappers. We even thought, they have killed him. He walked to the house one evening. We were surprised and happy to see him because we paid the money demanded, but they did not release him till after two weeks.”
She called on the law enforcement agencies to strengthen their operations in and around Kaduna to ensure that kidnappers were wiped out from the state.
DAILYPOST had on Saturday (yesterday) reported the killing of foreign female tourist and one other, while three others were kidnapped in Kajuru Castle Resort, in Kajuru local government.
Zamfara Gov. Reveals How Emir Of Zurmi Told Him To ‘Wipe Out’ Entire Village
Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has revealed how the Emir of Zurmi once asked him to “go and wipe out” Dumburum Village because it has been a hideout for bandits for over three years.
Yari said this while insisting that the government will not apologise over allegations by council chiefs in the state that villagers were killed during aerial bombardment of suspected bandit camps in Dumburum village, Zurmi Local Government Area of the state, by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF).
Speaking on Saturday receiving a seven-member investigative team on the matter at his private residence in Talata-Mafara, Yari maintained that the NAF had only targeted bandits.
“As far as I am concerned and as the head of government in the state, l haven’t seen anything wrong done by the Air Force; l haven’t received any brief on such matter,” he said.
“Dumburum has been a criminal hideout for over three years and the Emir of Zurmi has once asked me to go and wipe out the area saying all those residing there were bandits, so l am surprised that the Emir will be part of those saying innocent people were killed in an encounter in the area.
“Some people will stay in Abuja and fabricate things against the operations in Zamfara in order to distract the operation, this we must not allow.
“Please, all security agencies, especially the Air Force, should continue with your usual constitutional duties and the state government will give you all the support to facilitate your concentration in trying to bring back peace, which has eluded the state since 2007.
“You should continue with the firepower to show the criminals that there is a government in place and we won’t negotiate with them again because when we did that in the past; the leaders pretended as if all was well while they allowed their boys to continue to lay siege on the communities.”
Idi Lubo, leader of the investigative team, handed over a letter of condolence from Sadique Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff, to Yari, and promised to “unravel the truth” about the killings.
“The chief of air staff has directed us to properly investigate the matter in order to unravel the truth,” he said.
“We have visited other stakeholders and discovered that there was misinformation which we have now resolved and wish to assure the people of the state that we shall continue to discharge our assigned responsibilities in protecting the innocent with professionalism.”
While in the state, the team also visited heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and government officials.
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