Group condemns Katsina gov’t for negotiating with armed bandits
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has condemned Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari for negotiating with armed kidnappers and bandits.
The group said the action is an affront to the constitution of Nigeria and all relevant laws which obliges the government to legally punish felons and hoodlums.
HURIWA made its position known is a statement signed by its national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and national media affairs director, Miss Zainab Yusuf sent to journalists on Sunday, September 1.
The group stated that, “the emerging illegality of some northern states in entering into dialogues with mass murderers and kidnappers in the guise of seeking for peace can only achieve a peace of the graveyard and would amount to rewarding criminality.”
The group further said the silence of both President Muhammadu Buhari and the attorney general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, “whilst these cocktails of illegality and mischief against the constitution go on is the greatest disservice to the constitutional democracy.”
The group charged the president and stakeholders including the Nigerian Bar Association, “to speak out against the coup against the Nigerian constitution which these nocturnal meetings with killers and kidnappers in Zamfara, Katsina represent.”
HURIWA stated that: “It is said the culture of violence brings with it a class of cruel people who believe they are entitled to determine the value of other humans.
“This is a reality which dawns on a society with weak criminal justice system where crime is not only prevalent and under-reported and officially rarely documented but also seldom meted with sanctions.
“This state of affairs breeds a most vile, oppressive and daring criminal sets like kidnappers and arm bandits.”