By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Former national Secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, has defended an ex Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, who is the chairman of the Security Committee set up by the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, over allegation that he collected N11 million from an emir to compromise the report of the committee.
Shinkafi, who is a member of the Security Committee, said the leaked video in circulation in the social media, alleging that the ex IGP collected N11 million is nothing but a handiwork of mischief makers.
Shinkafi who lamented the allegation as a distraction of the state government in its efforts to ensure security of lives and property in Zamfara, described the circulation of the purported leaked audio connected to the former Inspector General Of Police as an act of mischief, which is both laughable and childish.
Recall that a video has been trending online in the social media alleging that the former IGP Abubakar received N11 million naira from an Emir to compromise the outcome of their investigation.
Shinkafi who was the immediate past gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2019 general election, noted that some desperate politicians who want to demonstrate their enmity for the state are fully behind the circulation of the fake audio.
According to him, the ad hoc committee on security was inaugurated with a time frame, adding that the committee has executed its assignment excellently in line with the terms of reference, pointing out that it is the prerogative of the governor to either implement or reject the recommendations of the committee.
He said, if not because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate those indicted by the committee would have been inaugurated, adding that when the commission is inaugurated, people of Zamfara will understand who the real enemies of Zamfara are.
He said “Hon Aminu Sani Jaji, Bashir Adamu Imad, Malan Ibrahim Wakkalla are not members of the Zamfara State committee for finding lasting solution to armed banditry and there is no moral justification for anybody to have claimed that they had resigned their membership of the committee as a result of none implementation of the committee’s reports”.
He gave the names of the committee members inaugurated by the Governor to include: former Inspector-General Of Police, M.D Abubakar, as Chairman, Alhaji Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi, Hon Justice Nasiru. U Gumi (Rtd), Sen Saidu Muhammad Dansadau, CP Mamman Anka (Rtd), Engr Mamuda Maradun, Alhaji Bawa Ibrahim, Alhaji Mohammed Adamu (Secretary), Bar Aliyu Abdulahi Gusau (Assistant Secretary), DIG Mamman I. Tsafe (Co-opted Member), DSP A. Hardo (Co-Opted Member).
He alleged that former Chairman of the House Committee on Security and Intelligence, Aminu Sani Jaji, is the sole brain behind the circulation of the fake audio clip, noting that everyone in Zamfara knows that Jaji is a desperate politician who wants to climb to power by all means.
He said the intention of the sponsors of the audio clip was to bring Zamfara back to the olden days of darkness when kidnapping, abduction and killings were the order of the day.
He said Governor Matawalle has done well in restoring peace when compared to the old situation, noting that everyone knows that security has improved significantly.
He called on Zamfara CP to order for an immediate investigation of Almansoor, the Director, New Media to the immediate past Governor of Zamfara for committing cyber crimes and circulating fake news.
Wamban Shinkafi further called on the IGP, DG SSS, Chief of Army Staff to invite Aminu Sani Jaji, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala and Bashir Adamu IMAD for questioning since their names featured in the audio.