Governor Masari signs death penalty law for kidnappers
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State will in coming days sign into affect a new law prescribing life sentence for kidnappers as well as prohibiting bail for anyone arrested for the offence of kidnapping.
The Governor disclosed this recently at a rally organised by the Katsina State Chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), where the group identified with the aspirations of, and endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and the Katsina State Governor as its prepared candidates for the forthcoming Presidential and Gubernatorial elections.
The Governor said the measure was necessary in order to bring to an end the menace of kidnapping, which has now assumed a frightening dimension all over the country.
Governor Masari challenged Fulani elders to reign in their youth, many of whom have taken to kidnapping and other violent criminal activities as their trade of choice, warning that failure to do so may lead the rest of the society resorting to profiling of, and self-help (jungle justice) against kidnappers.
He said the criminal activities of some of the Fulani youth, especially in the North West has led to the unfortunate profiling of the Fulani ethnic group, even when no ethnic group in the country is innocent of involvement in criminal activities.
He attributed the unprecedented involvement of the Fulani youth to lack of both Islamic and Western forms of education among majority of them because of their nomadic way of life, as well as the indifferent attitude of the elders to the upbringing of the youth.
According to the Katsina state Governor, his administration has expended over five billion Naira (N5 billion) in the neatly four years he has been in office to address security challenges in the state, adding that, in addition to addressing the issue of cattle rustling, ten new primary schools and similar number of new health clinics have been built in the Fulani communities as a way of providing dividend of democracy to every nook and cranny of the state, with many more slated for other communities.
He further said that his administration was working towards establishing strategic milk depots where the local Fulani milk (Nono) would be sold by men, as against the present practice where Fulani maidens and married women, young and old, engage in the practice in urban centres.
Meanwhile, the National President of MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, Ardon Zuru said that the socio-cultural organisation was moved into endorsing the candidature of President Buhari and Governor Masari because the two of them are a “very difficult act to follow when it comes to selfless performance”.
Passing the MACBAN’s vote of confidence on the duo, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa said it would be difficult for their challengers to match President Buhari and Governor Masari in form and substance, calling on the entire Fulani in Nigeria to cast their votes for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during the forthcoming general elections.
Abdu Labaran Malumfashi,