Tuesday , July 14 2020

Committee on banditry recommends sack of 5 Zamfara monarchs, 33 district heads

By Abba Kabara, Gusau

Chairman of the committee constituted to make findings on Zamfara banditry, former IGP Muhammad Dahiru Abubakar, has disclosed that his committee has recommended for the dethronement of five emirs and thirty three district heads for their clear involvement in the menace of banditry that resulted in severe damages and gross loss of human lives.

IGP Abubakar (rtd) disclosed this while presenting his committees’ report to Governor Mohammad Bello Matawalle on Friday.

The committee chairman further revealed that the recommendation also advised for the outright dismissal of ten soldiers and three policemen for having hands in the scourge.

He also said seven policemen were recommended for promotion and as encouragement and honor for dedication, perseverance and selfless commitment in fighting banditry and other related crimes in the state.

The chairman said his committee has made series of consultations and discussions with personalities and all other stakeholder groups to authenticate the real circumstance that provoked the lingering scourge.

He also disclosed that his committee has formally written to the National Judicial Council to consider taking disciplinary action against a judge who illegally granted bail to a leading bandit arrested following a tip by good Samaritans.

The criminal, having been released on bail went back to the village and killed some family members of the informant and some of his neighbors as a penalty for reporting him to authorities.

He disclosed that all former governors of the state that include Alhaji Ahmed Sani, Alhaji Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi and the immediate past deputy governor, Mallan Ibrahim Wakkala have responded to the invitation to appear before the committee except the former governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar who declined to appear for reasons known to himself.

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