Kaduna killings: Group hails Elrufai’s pledge of prosecution of suspects, sponsors
From Hadiza Mohammed in Kaduna
The APC Solidarity Forum has described as “highly-commendable” the decision of Kaduna State government to do whatever is legitimate in fishing out the suspects in the latest round of bloodshed in the southern parts of the State and more recently the metropolis.
This was contained in a media release by Malam Hafiz Ali Kujama in Kaduna on Thursday.
The group noted in the statement that Governor Elrufai’s decision is “a turning point in the efforts to check urban violence and terrorism or politically-motivated unrest in Northern Nigeria”. It also expressed confidence in the “courage and ability” of the governor to ensure the law takes its full course, by ensuring that the suspects are brought to book, “without minding whose ox is gored”.
Malam Hafiz Kujama also said “of all the governor’s of Kaduna State since 1999, only Elrufai has the courage to dare where others would beat a retreat”, saying “Elrufai’s resolve is the only way out of the recurrent violent attacks by community members against one another on the flimsiest of excuse”.
The statement also stressed the need for Governor Elrufai “never to spare anyone found guilty of sponsoring the spate of violence in a desperate bid to destabilize the State, to achieve a hidden agenda ahead of 2019 elections. We believe these killings could also have political underpinnings and that is where the issue of sponsorship could be located.
“The rate at which these killings went on in selected communities, expose the soft underbelly of both the mercenaries and their sponsors”.
It would be recalled that Governor Elrufai had in a recent media broadcast declared that the appropriate legal and constitutional action would be taken against the recurrence of killings and arson in the state, describing the option as the only way out of the recurring savagery.
“This government will work to fast track the prosecution of at least 25 persons arrested for the recent incident, as well as the 63 persons arrested during the February 2018 episode in Kasuwan Magani. It is clear to us that unless people are seen to be expeditiously punished for such criminal acts, impunity and reckless disregard for human life and property will continue”, Governor Elrufai had declared.