The peaceful co-existence of Kebbi state must continue- Chief Judge
Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Justice Suleiman Muhammad Ambursa has warned that the law will take its course on those who have not only taken law into their hands but also become a law into themselves.
This is his stern warning during an interactive session among various interest groups in the state summoned by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu held this Saturday at the Presidential Lodge, Birnin Kebbi.
The forum examined the impact of recent flooding in all local government areas of the state as well as reappraised the security situation in Zuru Emirate with emphasis on the activities of self-help groups known as ‘Yan-Sa-Kai’ with its security implications to the peaceful co-existence of the area.
The Chief Juge remarked that such ‘Yan-Sa-Kai’ groups have operated against the law and even committing murder.
Justice Suleiman Ambursa averred that the Judiciary was determined to helping the government sustain peace, demanding that leaders of the self-appointed security surveillance groups be summoned for a meeting towards restoring law and order.
He made it clear that it was incumbent on operatives of the ‘Yan-Sa-Kai’ groups to obtain legal and lawful permission to bear firearm as against what obtained now.
The Chief Judge tasked elders, opinion leaders and top echelons of state of affairs in Zuru emirate to be up and doing to bringing law and order to the activities of ‘Yan-Sa-Kai’.
Justice Suleman Ambursa was emphatic that if such self help groups persisted in their lawless ways of operation without control, the government should treat them as terrorists.
On flooding, the Chief Judge requested governments at all levels to render desired assistance to victims of the disaster, while farmers should be fully mobilized to engaging in dry season farming.
Addressing the gathering, the chief host, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu explained that the forum was convened to listen to suggestions, recommendations and advice from participants on way forward pertaining to recent flooding in the state and the regrettable security situation in Zuru emirate.
He said the problem has jeopardized law and order in the area as lawyers were being threatened while courts could not function normally.
In addition, illegal road blocks were being mounted by ‘Yan-Sa-Kai’ groups, which also engaged in extra-judicial killings.
The governor recalled the town hall meeting held in Zuru attended by him, the Inspector-General of Police and other heads of security outfits in the country while a follow-up meeting was held in Abuja.
Unfortunately, the problem has persisted, citing the killing of the District Head of Bajidda, and just this Friday, ‘Yan-Sa-Kai’ groups prevented a meeting at Mahuta from being held to select a successor to the late District Head of Bajidda on the pretext that such candidate must be their own choice.
The Governor vehemently warned that the government would not allow the formation of militias in any part of the state or allow a band of people to take away the peaceful nature Kebbi state has been known for.
As the Chief Security Officer of the state, the governor added, he would perform his constitutional responsibility incisively to bringing law and order back to the area.
Commenting on recent flood, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, said he toured all affected communities in the state and gave an assurance that the government would continue to do its best to helping the victims return to normal life including agricultural activities.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri, in a welcome address, reaffirmed the commitment of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to uplifting the welfare of the people of Kebbi state, which has been the major reason for summoning the meeting to discussing the effect of flood and security situation in Zuru Emirate.
The Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammadu Mera as well as the Waziri of Gwandu, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar who represented the Emir of Gwandu, and the Majidadin Zuru who represented the Emir of Zuru made separate contributions.
Other speakers were, the representative of Emir of Yauri, Galadiman Yauri Alhaji Mu’azu, Ibrahim Ngaski of Civil Societies Organization, Professor Ahmad Sanda, Department of Economics, Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto, who represented Kebbi Development Forum, a Professor of Water Engineering from Pakistan, Hajiya Kulu Namani and Hamza Bello.
The rest who blessed the forum were Hajiya Hadiza Usman Zuru, Comrade Ahmad Ibrahim Yelwa, Abubakar Zaki Mu’azu, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing Abubkar Sadiq Yelwa and the Chairman, Kebbi State Market Traders Association Alhaji Umaru Dangura Gwadangaji.
Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari