By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Following the escalating insecurity in Zamfara State, a non government organisation, the Patriots for The Advancement Of Peace and Social Development (PAPs), have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order security agencies to arrest, investigate and possibly prosecute members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are beating the drums of war in the State.
A statement in Abuja at the weekend by the Chairman of the NGO, Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi, said the call has become necessary following the unguarded and provocative statements being made by factional members of the APC loyal to former Governor Abdulazeez Yari.
According to him “we write to call your attention, that of Nigerians and the world to a disaster waiting to occur in Zamfara State which has hitherto been the hot bed of armed banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling until the inauguration of the present administration of the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Hon Mohammed Bello Matawalle.
“It is on record that at the inception of the present administration of Governor Matawalle, he declared a ceasefire and an amnesty to all armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Zamfara State which had brought relative peace to the otherwise restive state.”
Shinkafi pointed out that “in the last few weeks, intelligence reports available to us have uncovered plots by some factional members of the All Progressives Congress [APC] in Zamfara State to breach the existing peace the good people of Zamfara State are enjoying presently.
“There is an evil plan to disrupt the peace restored by the administration of Governor Bello Matawalle, that initiated peace and alternative dispute resolution with the deadly armed bandits in the state for the past one year.”
He stated that “members of the APC loyal to former Governor Yari were caught on tape threatening to take the laws into their own hands and inciting people against the government of the day in the state. Bloodletting, killings, kidnapping, armed robbery, displacements and wanton destruction and dislocation of people from their country homes, cattle rustling has drastically reduced to the barest minimum in all the nooks and crannies of Zamfara State.”
The uncovered plots to destabilize the state sponsored by the factional leaders of the APC loyal to the immediate past Governor of Zamfara State in the last one year.
According to the petition “The findings by the Government’s intelligence reports and security agencies indicate that the factional leadership of the APC in the State was inciting some repentant armed bandits to denounce the peace accord signed with the Zamfara State Government and cause mayhem.
“This is not the first time that the enemies of the state would be attempting to cause crisis in the state, as it would be recalled that a few weeks ago, a former member of the House of Representatives sponsored hoodlums in Bakura during the APC House of Assembly bye-election primaries which led to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira and many innocent citizens were injured.
“He was arrested along with the hoodlums but was later granted bail by the police authorities. These desperadoes will throw our state into a senseless crisis which would result in the destruction of lives and state assets if the security agencies refuse to act quickly and be on red alert to nip in the bud any attempt to cause crisis in the state, bust crimes and deal decisively with anybody caught fomenting trouble no matter his status or party affiliation.
“We call on His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, not to fold his hands and watch disgruntled and desperate politicians, most of whom are frustrated by the 24th May, 2019 Judgement delivered by Supreme Court of Nigeria that voided APC elections for none conduct of primary election in accordance with the provision of Section 87 of Electoral Act 2010, (as amendment) as they are bent on disrupting the peace the government of the day has laboured so hard to restore, and bring back the lost glory of the state.”
PAPs therefore urged the security agencies to be on alert to arrest the ugly situation before it degenerates into a full blown crisis.