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Islamic group raises alarm over ‘plot to depose Sultan of Sokoto’

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has expressed concern on anxiety over alleged plan to depose the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) had stated that it had no hand in the plot to remove the Sultan if the party wins the governorship election in Sokoto.

Hundreds of youths had on Monday staged a demonstration round the city over the matter.

Addressing newsmen at the palace, one of their leaders, Murtala Abdulrahman, said, “We are at the palace to alert the Sultan to the evil plot by the APC to remove him if they win the governorship election.

“They alleged that the Sultan has not been supporting the APC. They are saying, ‘new government, new Sultan.’ We will not allow them to rubbish our traditional ruler. We shall put them to shame.”

But state chairman of the APC, Isa Acida, addressing journalists at the party secretariat, described the claim as a plot by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of governorship election.

He accused PDP state chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgomaof making statements capable of throwing Sokoto into turmoil.

Reacting on Wednesday, MURIC insisted that the sultanate must be given immunity from deposition.

MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement, said: “There is need to go beyond mere debunking of this allegation to dethrone the Sultan”.

“The system (the sultanate) must be strengthened in such a way that it is made impossible for anyone, governor or even president, to wake up one day and say he wants to depose the Sultan.

“We are talking of the head of all Muslims in Nigeria and a single person will just dethrone him just by snapping a finger. The Sultan does not head Sokoto sultanate alone. He is the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). He deserves tons of respect.

“But the reality on ground goes beyond grandstanding. The extant laws are on the side of the state governor if he decides to depose the Sultan. Section 6 Cap 26 of the Laws of Northern Nigeria empowers the governor to do that with any emir in his state. He hires and fires them. This was how Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki was removed by a military governor in 1996.

“It was made possible because the Sultan is a traditional ruler. Yet Article 7 Section (i) of the Constitution of the NSCIA stipulates that the Sultan of Sokoto shall be its President-General. This shows that Section 6 Cap 26 of the Laws of Northern Nigeria constitutes a potent threat to Article 7 Section (i) of the Constitution of the NSCIA.

“Our position is that one of the two must give way and we believe it has to be the Sokoto law on traditional rulers. This is because NSCIA constitution is national whereas the laws of Sokoto are for Sokoto state only. This law must be repealed to grant immunity to the Sultan. It will continue to affect other emirs but it will have no power on the Sultan.”

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Bandits attack 3 LGAs in Katsina, murder 34

At least 34 persons have been reportedly murdered on Tuesday by suspected armed bandits in three Local Governments Areas of Batsari, Danmusa and Faskari in Katsina State.

Vanguard quoted locals as saying that 18 were killed in Yargamji, Batsari LGA, 5 killed in Mara Zamfarawa in Danmusa LGA and 11 killed in Sabon Layi village, Faskari LGA

Scores were said to have sustained degrees of injuries in the deadly attack.

Some were still missing and their livestock stolen by the attackers.

More to come.

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Shehu Sani reacts as bandits kille over 30 persons in Katsina

Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, has reacted to the attack on three Local Government Areas in Katsina by bandits.

DAILY POST reported that the attack led to death of over 30 persons.

Eighteen were reportedly killed in Yargamji, Batsari LGA, 5 killed in Mara Zamfarawa in Danmusa LGA and 11 killed in Sabon Layi village, Faskari LGA.

The lawmaker also recalled the abduction of ECWA pastor and fifteen other members by bandits on Sunday, noting that this was reality confronting Nigeria.

He tweeted, “On Sunday in Kaduna,Gunmen stormed ECWA Church Dankande and took away the Pastor and 15 other worshippers.

“And now the Bandits raid on Batsari and other two LGs in Katsina. This is the reality confronting.”

Earlier, Shehu Sani had noted that the current security situation and other challenges bedevilling the country cannot be solved by prayers alone.

According to him, “When we work and pray, our problems will be solved [but] when we pray and refused to work, our problems will be waiting for our work.”

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Yahaya Bello threatens to sack LG bosses, traditional rulers over killing of 15 Fulani herdsmen in Kogi

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has given seven days ultimatum to four councils administrators and traditional rulers where 15 Fulanis were killed to fish out the perpetrators or risk losing their positions for ineptitude of duty.

Governor Bello, who gave the order during a security stakeholders’ meeting held in Government House Lokoja on Tuesday, lamented that the killings happened in Yagba West, Omala, Dekina and Igalamela Odolu Local Government Areas, adding that his administration will not condone killings of any citizen in the state.

While giving ultimatum to the administrators of the four local governments and their traditional rulers, Governor Bello vowed to apprehend and bring to book the perpetrators of the dastardly act, saying “government will not allow the insecurity situation that occurred in Benue, Nasarawa and Zafara states to happen in Kogi.

“These Fulanis have been staying with us in the state peacefully without any rancour. Any politician or detractor, who are behind this killing will be made to face the full wrath of the law as my administration will not spare anybody no matter how highly placed in the society.”

He commended the security agents for their effort in ensuring that there is absolute peace in the state, urging them to do more in order to keep the state safe.

Meanwhile, the Administrator of Yagba West where the killing of 11 Fulanis took place, Comrade Joseph Olutimi, stated that he received a report that a farmer was allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, noting that he quickly informed the security agents who swung into action.

He pointed out that the Fulanis were killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen, stressing that the people of the local government have been living peacefully with the resident Fulanis.

In his speech, the Special Adviser to the governor on security, Commodore Jerry Omadara reported that last week a farmer in Yagba West was allegedly murdered in his farm by suspected herdsmen, stressing that, some people took the law into their hands in a reprisal attack and killed Fulanis, who resided in some communities in the local government and dumped their corpses in Omi Dam.

He further disclosed that three corpses of Fulanis were found in Oluja community in Dekina Local Government while several cows were killed by unknown gunmen, adding that Omiyowo, Ogar, Ejigba and Dekina recorded high rate of killing of innocent citizens.

The Secretary Meyetti Allah in charge of Yagba West, Mohammed Mainasara said eleven Fulanis residents in the council were killed without provocation.

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