Kebbi State Government has issued a strong warning to security self help groups, locally known as “Yan-Sa-Kai” to work with constituted authorities on security surveillance and maintenance.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu gave the warning this Wednesday during a forum convened to discuss the security situation in Zuru Emirate held at the Zuru town hall.
The Kebbi State Chief Executive further warned such groups against involvement in extra-judicial killing of suspects, which he described as lawfully wrong.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu made it clear that his administration would remain neutral, just and fair to all tribes in the state but would punish criminals and deal decisively with criminality.
He was concerned about the security situation in Zuru Emirate but expressed optimism that the problem would be surmounted.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for despatching a high powered security delegation under the Inspector-General of Police to hold consultations with communities in Zuru Emirate on ways of restoring peaceful co-existence to the area.
He was also appreciative about the efforts of the military, police, SSS, civil defence and other security agencies for their sacrifice to securing the nation and her people.
Addressing the gathering, the head of the Federal delegation, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu informed the audience that they were in Zuru as emissaries of President Muhammadu Buhari to hold dialogue with people of the Emirate on finding solutions to the disturbing security trend in the area.
The IG added that he would make a formal report to the President on what has been discussed at the forum and requested Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to organize a follow-up meeting of relevant stakeholders to take place in Abuja next week to finalise best solution to the restoration of prevailing peace to the Emirate.
The Inspector-General of Police however warned self help groups on security maintenance against extra-judicial killing of persons suspected to be criminals. Muhammad Adamu exphasized that such groups must not take law into their hands but must subject themselves to full process of law in the arrest and prosecution of suspects through law enforcement authorities and appropriate courts of jurisdiction.
He told the audience that intensive intelligence investigation by security agencies revealed that the activities of ‘Yan-Sa-Kai’ worsened banditry in Zamfara and Katsina states, now spilling over into Kebbi state, saying that such self help groups were lacking in command and control.
On his part, the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Magaji Bichi said security services would remain resolute in containing insecurity, appealing to the people of Zuru Emirate to remain peace loving and accommodating to one another.
In an opening remark, the Secretary to the Kebbi State Government, Babale Umar Yauri, represented by the Security Adviser on Security Matter to the Governor, retired Major Garba Rabi’u Kamba, described peace as the most essential ingredient for development.
The SSG explained that the important forum was aimed at evolving last solution to security matters and enhancing understanding among communities in Zuru Emirate.
Former Minister of Internal Affairs, retired Major-General Muhammadu Magoro expressed happiness about the purpose of the visit of the Inspector-General of Police to Zuru, which he described as a milestone.
General Magoro prayed for restoration of peaceful co-existence among all tribes in the Emirate as was the case over the years.
On his part, retired Air Vice Marshall, Musa Sallau prayed for tranquility and advised the people to be their brothers-keeper.
The National President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, narrated his contribution to security maintenance and fight against banditry in Kebbi state, with emphasis in Zuru Emirate.
Alhaji Kiruwa however complained bitterly about state of fear prevailing among the Fulani community allegedly arising from extra-judicial killing by self imposed security bodies.
In a speech, the heads of ‘Yan-Sa-Kai’, Mr. John Mani Giwa and Hassan Garba Mikailu averred that the formation of the group was a matter of necessity to curbing the activities of bandits and criminals roaming parts of Zuru Emirate.
Other speakers were the leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN Pastor Geleb-Bakidi and representative of Islamic groups, Sarkin Malaman Zuru AbdulRahman Hamza who in separate remarks, emphasized the importance of togetherness and brotherliness, within the framework of law and order.
The Royal Father of the Emirate, the Emir of Zuru, retired Major-General Muhammadu Sani Sami reaffirmed his resolve to treating all people in his domain on equal basis without resentment or tribalism.
The Emir requested Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa who resigned his position as Ardon Zuru to reconsider his decision and continue to serving in that capacity in the interest of the Emirate.
Other security heads on Federal Government delegation to the peace forum were the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, the Head of Community Policing, AIG Bala Senchi and their aides.
The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Governor of the State, Rtd. Colonel Sama’ila Yombe Dabai, Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Member House of Representative Hon. Kabiru Tukura, former Minister of Science and Technology Prof. M.K. Abubakar, Y.C Mai Kyau SAN, Commissioners, Members House of Assembly, Permanent Secretaries, Local Government Chairmen, the Chiefs of Wasagu, Dabai, Fakai, Danko and Sakaba, top government functionaries as well as media practitioners
Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari
Chief Press Secretary
20th August, 2020