The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari intimating him of alleged political machinations frustrating investigations against suspected bandits in Zamfara State.
The petition, signed by the CNG Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, and CNG Coordinator Zamfara State, Bilyaminu Aliyu, was issued to newsmen after a protest by the group on Wednesday.
According to the group, such conspiracy has allegedly been aiding and abetting banditry and other criminal activities in Zamfara state.
The CNG said it was disturbed by “the bleeding in the North”, hence the need to draw the attention of President Buhari as “the issues are pregnant with complications and unforeseen consequences”.
Citing instances to its claims, CNG, in the petition, recalled that on September 3, the state government secured a court order in Kaduna for the arrest of one Abdulmalik Bungudu, a suspected accomplice with top bandit leaders.
“The warrant was executed and the suspect moved to Gusau for prosecution but released on bail, which he reportedly jumped.
“On Friday, September 2, 2020, intelligence intercepted a conversation of an arranged meeting between some politicians in the state and some bandit leaders somewhere in Gusau.
“On Saturday, September 3, 2020, detectives raided the meeting point and arrested a top politician one Abu Dan-Tabawa, along with 17 other suspects.
“On Sunday, September 4, 2020, the Zamfara State Police Command set the said Dan-Tabawa free, ostensibly owing to pressure from powerful influences who would rather abuse their close positions and favours at the Aso Villa seat of power in Abuja, to undermine the efforts of the Mr President and his government in the fight against banditry,” the group said.