The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Zamafara State and the Secretary of the Party’s Board of Trustees, Alhaji Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu demanding the immediate arrest and prosecution of the former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari for incitement and threat to the fragile peace of Zamfara.
Shinkafi in the letter to the IGP, which was also copied to the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the National Security Adviser, stated that if Yari is not brought to book soon he would set Zamfara State ablaze and rubbish all the peace efforts of the Governor Bello Matawalle-led administration.
According to him: “Following the unguarded and provocative statements made by the former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari wherein he was heard inciting members of his faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to move against the state government
“I hereby demand the immediate arrest and prosecution of the former Governor of Zamfara State, Yari for disobeying the subsisting order of the security agencies banning any forms of public gatherings, political parties meetings and associations, rallies, across the State.
“It is on record that about 8500 private militia popularly called Yansakai were recruited illegally by the past administration in all the 17 Emirates through the former commissioner for Local and Chieftaincy affairs Hon Bello Dankande Gamji without the Bill being passed by State House Assembly establishing the vigilante service group and assent by the governor as a law governing recruitment and operations of Yansakai.”
Shinkafi pointed out that: “It is still fresh in our memory and reported to security agencies the arrest, abduction, torture and killing of innocent citizens in the markets, streets, and with bodies lying on the streets and nobody could stop them from the jungle justice that went on in the whole of Zamfara State during the immediate past administration.
“Yari has been seen publicly inciting his factional APC members not to recognize the administration of His Excellency Bello Muhammad Matawalle as the Executive Governor of Zamfara State but insisted that they called him a sole administrator.
“Time without number he has rejected the 24th May 2019 judgement of the Supreme Court of Nigeria painting the eminent jurists of the Apex court with all kinds of names.
“There are weighty allegations that the former Governor is planning with these unrepentant armed bandits to disrupt the peace accord in the state.”
Shinkafi noted that: “The defunct volunteer vigilante groups Yansakai loyal toYari have refused to embrace the disarmaments and arms control programme of the state government to augment the peace accord initiated by Governor Matawalle. There are intelligence reports that Yansakai recruited in Gummi had concluded plans to attack some Fulani settlements to ignite another security breach in the state and set the state on fire again.
“It is on record that the Zamfara State Police Command has on September 24th, 2019 following intelligence reports that Boko Haram was planning to attack and bomb some places in the state like the Central Mosque Gusau, Maradum, Anka, Talata Marafa, Kauran Namoda and Tsafe and the planned assassination of the Deputy Governor and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly banned all forms of political rallies, meeting and processions in the state.
“However, in flagrant disregard to the subsisting order banning all forms of political rallies, meetings and processions in the state the former governor Abdulaziz Yari was heard recently inciting his supporters to revolt against the state government with the sole aim of making the state ungovernable for the Matawalle led government.
“The rule of law is incorporated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended it supremacy ensures no person can claim to be above the law he must obey it whether if he is rich, poor, ruler, ruled etc.”