By Simdi Gloria:-
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that a northwest governor is behind the heightened cases of banditry, abductions, and other violent crimes in that zone.
The APC has urged security agencies to launch an investigation into an intelligence report.
Yekini Nabena, APC acting Deputy National Publicity Secretary made the allegation in a statement yesterday. But the party did not name the governor and the state.
There are seven states in the Northwest and five of them are under APC control. They are Kaduna (Nasir El-Rufai); Kano (Abdullahi Ganduje); Katsina (Aminu Masari); Jigawa (Badaru Abubakar) and Kebbi (Atiku Bagudu).
The two PDP governors are Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).
The opposition party was also warned by the APC to desist from politicising the abduction of schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) in Kankara, Kastina State by bandits.
The party’s spokesman said in a statement: “Our security agencies have intelligence reports linking one of the Northwest governors to collusion and sponsorship of violent and criminal activities of bandits. I won’t give details because of the sensitive and security nature of the issue.
“However, relevant security agencies must as a matter of urgency, investigate the report, and determine its veracity. Human life is not what we should play political chess games with.
“We must shun enemies of the country including the PDP who seek political gains from issues of insecurity.
“Our security agencies must also be at alert to plots to further destabilise the Northwest region and frustrate the quick and safe release of students abducted from the GSSS,” Nabena said.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Tukur Buratai also said that fleeing Boko Haram insurgents from the Northeast have become bandits in the Northwest.